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.
- 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