The Governor General's Literary Awards 2013

The Walrus Foundation joins the Canada Council for the Arts in celebrating the finalists for the 2013 Governor General’s Literary Awards. The Governor General’s Literary Awards were established in 1936 and have since evolved into Canada’s pre-eminent national literary prizes.

The winners, marked in gold, were announced November 13, 2013.

Fiction

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The Lion Seeker by Kenneth Bonert (Random House of Canada (Knopf))

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The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton (McClelland & Stewart)

The Orenda

The Orenda by Joseph Boyden (Hamish Hamilton Canada, an imprint of Penguin Group Canada)

A Beautiful Truth

A Beautiful Truth by Colin McAdam (Hamish Hamilton Canada, an imprint of Penguin Group Canada)

The Hungry Ghosts

The Hungry Ghosts by Shyam Selvadurai (Doubleday Canada)

Non-Fiction

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The Juggler’s Children: A Journey into Family, Legend and the Genes that Bind Us by Carolyn Abraham (Random House of Canada)

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Journey with No Maps: A Life of P.K. Page by Sandra Djwa (McGill-Queen’s University Press)

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The Idealist: Jeffrey Sachs and the Quest to End Poverty by Nina Munk (Signal (an imprint of McClelland & Stewart, a division of Random House of Canada Ltd))

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The Memory of Water by by Allen Smutylo (Wilfrid Laurier University Press)

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Projection by Priscila Uppal (Thomas Allen Publishers, an imprint of Dundurn Press)

Poetry

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Where The Sun Shines Best by Austin Clarke (Guernica Editions)

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The Polymers by Adam Dickinson (House of Anansi Press)

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Bite Down Little Whisper by Don Domanski (Brick Books)

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North End Love Songs by Katherena Vermette (The Muses’ Company / J. Gordon Shillingfort Publishing)

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Birds, Metals, Stones & Rain by Russell Thornton (Harbour Publishing)

Drama

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Fault Lines: Three Plays by Nicolas Billon (Coach House Books)

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Blood: A Scientific Romance by Meg Braem (Playwrights Canada Press)

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The Swearing Jar by Kate Hewlett (Scirocco Drama, an imprint of J. Gordon Shillingford Publishing)

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Frenchtown by Lawrence Jeffery (Exile Editions)

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Shakespeare’s Nigga by Joseph Jomo Pierre (Playwrights Canada Press)

Translation (French to English)

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The Major Verbs by Donald Winkler (Signal Editions, an imprint of Véhicule Press)

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For Sure by Robert Majzels (House of Anansi Press)

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And the Birds Rained Down by Rhonda Mullins (Coach House Books)

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Canada’s Forgotten Slaves: Two Hundred Years of Bondage by George Tombs (Véhicule Press)

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The Stalinist’s Wife by Luise Von Flotow (Guernica Editions Inc.)

Children’s Literature (Text)

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The White Bicycle by Beverly Brenna (Red Deer Press)

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Becoming Holmes : The Boy Sherlock Holmes, His Final Case by Shane Peacock (Tundra Books)

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Once Upon a Northern Night by Jean E. Pendziwol (Groundwood Books)

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Counting Back From Nine by Valerie Sherrard (Fitzhenry & Whiteside Limited)

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The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B by Teresa Toten (Doubleday Canada)

Children’s Literature (Illustration)

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Miss Mousie’s Blind Date by Rachel Berman (Tundra Books)

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Oy, Feh, So? by Gary Clement (Groundwood Books)

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Northwest Passage by Matt James (Groundwood Books)

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The Dark by Jon Klassen (HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.)

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How To by Julie Morstad (Simply Read Books)

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