Governor General and QWF Literary Awards: the 2011 finalists

Governor General and QWF Literary Awards: the 2011 finalists

Coming up on November 15 is the 75th Governor General’s Literary Awards, which celebrate “the excellence of Canadian writers, illustrators and translators.”

Here are the English-language finalists:

Fiction
David Bezmozgis, Toronto, The Free World
(HarperCollins Publishers; distributed by HarperCollins Canada) (ISBN 978-1-44340-399-3)

Patrick deWitt, Portland (Oregon) [originally from Vancouver Island], The Sisters Brothers
(House of Anansi Press; distributed by HarperCollins Canada) (ISBN 978-0-88784-289-4)

Esi Edugyan, Victoria (British Columbia), Half-Blood Blues: A Novel
(Thomas Allen Publishers; distributed by Thomas Allen & Son) (ISBN 978-0-88762-741-5)

Marina Endicott, Edmonton (Alberta), The Little Shadows
(Doubleday Canada; distributed by Random House of Canada) (ISBN 978-0-385-66891-0)

Alexi Zentner, Ithaca (New York) [originally from Kitchener, Ontario], Touch
(Alfred A. Knopf Canada; distributed by Random House of Canada) (ISBN 978-0-307-39944-1)

Poetry
Michael Boughn, Toronto, Cosmographia: A Post-Lucretian Faux Micro-Epic
(BookThug; distributed by Literary Press Group) (ISBN 978-1-897388-69-3)

Kate Eichhorn, New York City and Montreal, Fieldnotes, A Forensic
(BookThug; distributed by Literary Press Group) (ISBN 978-1-897388-66-2)

Phil Hall, Perth (Ontario), Killdeer
(BookThug; distributed by Literary Press Group) (ISBN 978-1-897388-81-5)

Garry Thomas Morse, Vancouver, Discovery Passages
(Talonbooks; distributed by Publishers Group) (ISBN 978-0-88922-660-9)

Susan Musgrave, Sidney and Masset (British Columbia), Origami Dove
(McClelland & Stewart; distributed by Random House of Canada) (ISBN 978-0-7710-6522-4)

Drama
Brendan Gall, Toronto, Minor Complications: Two Plays
(Coach House Books; distributed by LitDistCo) (ISBN 978-1-55245-237-0)

Jonathan Garfinkel, Toronto, House of Many Tongues
(Playwrights Canada Press; distributed by University of Toronto Press )
(ISBN 978-0-88754-960-1)

Erin Shields, Toronto, If We Were Birds
(Playwrights Canada Press; distributed by University of Toronto Press )
(ISBN 978-1-77091-012-6)

Donna-Michelle St. Bernard, Toronto, Gas Girls
(Playwrights Canada Press; distributed by University of Toronto Press )
(ISBN 978-0-88754-966-3)

Vern Thiessen, Astoria (New York) and Winnipeg (Manitoba), Lenin’s Embalmers
(Playwrights Canada Press; distributed by University of Toronto Press )
(ISBN 978-0-88754-970-0)

Non-fiction
Charles Foran, Peterborough (Ontario), Mordecai: The Life & Times
(Alfred A. Knopf Canada; distributed by Random House of Canada) (ISBN 978-0-676-97963-3)

Nathan M. Greenfield, Ottawa (Ontario), The Damned: The Canadians at the Battle of Hong Kong and the POW Experience, 1941-45
(HarperCollins Publishers; distributed by HarperCollins Canada )(ISBN 978-1-55468-219-5)

Richard Gwyn, Toronto, Nation Maker: Sir John A. Macdonald: His Life, Our Times, Volume Two: 1867-1891
(Random House Canada; distributed by Random House of Canada) (ISBN 978-0-307-35644-4)

J.J. Lee, New Westminster (British Columbia), The Measure of a Man: The Story of a Father, a Son, and a Suit
(McClelland & Stewart; distributed by Random House of Canada) (ISBN 978-0-7710-4647-6)

Andrew Nikiforuk, Calgary (Alberta), Empire of the Beetle: How Human Folly and a Tiny Bug Are Killing North America’s Great Forests
(Greystone Books, an imprint of D&M Publishers / David Suzuki Foundation; distributed by HarperCollins Canada) (ISBN 978-1-55365-510-7)

Children’s Literature — Text
Jan L. Coates, Wolfville (Nova Scotia), A Hare in the Elephant’s Trunk
(Red Deer Press; distributed by Fitzhenry & Whiteside) (ISBN 978-0-88995-451-9)

Deborah Ellis, Simcoe (Ontario), No Ordinary Day
(Groundwood Books / House of Anansi Press; distributed by HarperCollins Canada)
(ISBN 978-1-55498-134-2)

Christopher Moore, Toronto, From Then to Now: A Short History of the World
(Tundra Books; distributed by Random House of Canada) (ISBN 978-0-88776-540-7)

Kenneth Oppel, Toronto, This Dark Endeavour
(HarperCollins Publishers; distributed by HarperCollins Canada) (ISBN 978-1-55468-339-0)

Tim Wynne-Jones, Perth (Ontario), Blink & Caution
(Candlewick Press; distributed by Random House of Canada) (ISBN 978-0-7636-3983-9)

Children’s Literature — Illustration
Isabelle Arsenault, Montreal, Migrant, text by Maxine Trottier
(Groundwood Books / House of Anansi Press; distributed by HarperCollins Canada)
(ISBN 978-0-88899-975-7)

Kim La Fave, Roberts Creek (British Columbia), Fishing with Gubby, text by Gary Kent
(Harbour Publishing; distributed by the publisher) (ISBN 978-1-55017-497-7)

Renata Liwska, Calgary (Alberta), Red Wagon, text by Renata Liwska
(Philomel Books, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group; distributed by Penguin Group Canada) (ISBN 978-0-399-25237-2)

Frank Viva, Toronto, Along a Long Road, text by Frank Viva
(HarperCollins Publishers; distributed by HarperCollins Canada) (ISBN 978-1-44340-620-8)

Cybèle Young, Toronto, Ten Birds, text by Cybèle Young
(Kids Can Press; distributed by University of Toronto Press) (ISBN 978-1-55453-568-2)

Translation – French to English
Judith Cowan, Trois-Rivières (Quebec), Meridian Line
(Signal Editions, an imprint of Véhicule Press; distributed by LitDistCo) (ISBN 978-1-55065-295-6)
English translation of Origine des méridiens by Paul Bélanger (Éditions du Noroît)

David Scott Hamilton, Vancouver, Exit
(Anvil Press; distributed by University of Toronto Press) (ISBN 978-1-897-53566-0)
English translation of Paradis, clef en main by Nelly Arcan (Les Éditions Les 400 coups)

Lazer Lederhendler, Montreal, Apocalypse for Beginners
(Vintage Canada; distributed by Random House of Canada) (ISBN 978-0-307-39941-0)
English translation of Tarmac by Nicolas Dickner (Éditions Alto)

Lazer Lederhendler, Montreal, Dirty Feet
(House of Anansi Press; distributed by HarperCollins Canada) (ISBN 978-088784-244-3)
English translation of Les pieds sales by Edem Awumey (Les Éditions du Boréal)

Donald Winkler, Montreal, Partita for Glenn Gould
(McGill-Queen’s University Press; distributed by Georgetown Terminal Warehouses)
(ISBN 978-0-7735-3810-8)
English translation of Partita pour Glenn Gould by Georges Leroux (Les Presses de l’Université de Montréal)

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Also around the corner: the Quebec Writers’ Federation (QWF) Literary Awards, the winners of which will be announced on November 22.

Here are the finalists:

A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry
Sponsored by Richard Pound in memory of his brother Robert
Asa Boxer, Skullduggery (Véhicule Press: A Signal Edition)
Gabe Foreman, A Complete Encyclopedia of Different Types of People (Coach House Books)
Jack Hannan, Some Frames (Cormorant Books)

Mavis Gallant Prize for Non-fiction
Sponsored by Champlain, Dawson, Heritage, John Abbott, and Vanier Colleges
Roméo Dallaire, They Fight Like Soldiers, They Die Like Children (Random House Canada)
Merrily Weisbord, The Love Queen of Malabar: Memoir of a Friendship with Kamala Das
(McGill-Queen’s University Press)
Joel Yanofsky, Bad Animals: A Father’s Accidental Education in Autism (Viking Canada)

Concordia University First Book Prize
Sponsored by Concordia University
Gabe Foreman, A Complete Encyclopedia of Different Types of People (Coach House Books)
Ed Macdonald, Spat the Dummy (Anvil Press)
Ann Scowcroft, The Truth of Houses (Brick Books)

Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction
Sponsored by Paragraphe Bookstore
David Homel, Midway (Cormorant Books)
Dimitri Nasrallah, Niko (Véhicule Press; Esplanade Books)
Madeleine Thien, Dogs at the Perimeter (McClelland & Stewart)

Cole Foundation Prize for Translation (French to English)
Sponsored by the Cole Foundation
Judith Cowan, Meridian Line (Véhicule Press; Signal Editions)*
Lazer Lederhendler, Apocalypse for Beginners (Knopf Canada; Vintage Canada)**
Donald Winkler, Partita for Glenn Gould (McGill-Queen’s University Press)***

*Translation of Paul Bélanger’s Origine des méridiens (Éditions du Noroît)
**Translation of Nicolas Dickner’s Tarmac (Éditions Alto)
***Translation of Georges Leroux’s Partita pour Glenn Gould (Les Presses de l’Université de
Montréal)

QWF Prize for Children’s and Young Adult Literature
Sponsored by Babar Books
Geneviève Côté, Without You (Kids Can Press)
Alex Epstein, The Circle Cast: The Lost Years of Morgan Le Fay (Tradewind Books)
Alan Silberberg, Milo (Simon & Schuster)

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