Blog: Finalists for the 2013 Governor General's Literary Awards


The Canada Council for the Arts has announced the 70 finalists for the 2013 Governor General’s Literary Awards. The GGs, Canada’s national book awards, are awarded in both official languages, in seven categories: fiction, poetry, drama, non‑fiction, children’s literature (text and illustration) and translation. This year, 979 titles in the English-language categories and 624 titles in the French-language categories were submitted.

The Canada Council for the Arts funds, administers and promotes the Governor General’s Literary Awards. Each winner will receive $25,000. The publisher of each winning book will receive $3,000 to support promotional activities. Non-winning finalists each receive $1,000, bringing the total value of the awards to approximately $450,000.

The winners will be announced Wednesday, November 13 in Toronto. Finalists for the English language awards are listed below.


  • Book:The Lion Seeker
  • Book:The Orenda
  • Book:The Luminaries (Eleanor Catton)
  • Book:A Beautiful Truth (Colin McAdam)
  • Book:The Hungry Ghosts (Shyam Selvadurai)


  • Book:Where the Sun Shines Best
  • Book:The Polymers (Adam Dickinson)
  • Book:Bite Down Little Whisper
  • Book:Birds, Metals, Stones & Rain: Poems
  • Book:North End Love Songs


  • Book:The Juggler's Children
  • Book:Journey with No Maps: A Life of P.K. Page
  • Book:The Idealist: Jeffrey Sachs and the Quest to End Poverty
  • Book:The Memory of Water
  • Book:Projection: Encounters with My Runaway Mother

Children’s Literature — Text

  • Book:The White Bicycle
  • Book:Becoming Holmes: The Boy Sherlock Holmes, His Final Case
  • Book:Once Upon a Northern Night
  • Book:Counting Back from Nine
  • Book:The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B

Children’s Literature — Illustration

  • Book:Miss Mousie's Blind Date
  • Book:Oy, Feh, So?
  • Book:Northwest Passage (Stan Rogers)
  • Book:The Dark (Lemony Snicket)
  • Book:How To (Julie Morstad)


  • Nicolas Billon, Fault Lines (Coach House Books)
  • Meg Braem, Blood: A Scientific Romance (Playwrights Canada Press)
  • Kate Hewlett, The Swearing Jar (Scirocco Drama)
  • Lawrence Jeffery, Frenchtown (Exile Editions)
  • Joseph Jomo Pierre, Shakespeare’s Nigga (Playwrights Canada Press)

Translation — French to English

  • Robert Majzels, For Sure (House of Anansi Press), translation of Pour sûr by France Daigle
  • Rhonda Mullins, And the Birds Rained Down (Coach House Books), translation of Il pleuvait des oiseaux by Jocelyne Saucier
  • George Tombs, Canada’s Forgotten Slaves: Two Hundred Years of Bondage (Véhicule Press), translation of Deux siècles d’esclavage au Québec by Marcel Trudel
  • Luise von Flotow, The Stalinist’s Wife (Guernica Editions Inc.), translation of La femme du stalinien by France Théoret
  • Donald Winkler, The Major Verbs (Signal Editions), translation of Les verbes majeurs by Pierre Nepveu


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Book:The Juggler's Children

The Juggler's Children: A Journey into Family, Legend and the Genes that Bind Us

Carolyn Abraham

Book:The Idealist: Jeffrey Sachs and the Quest to End Poverty

The Idealist: Jeffrey Sachs and the Quest to End Poverty

Nina Munk