The Governor General’s Literary Awards 2014

The Walrus Foundation joins the Canada Council for the Arts in celebrating the finalists for the 2014 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 18, 2014.

Fiction

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Sweetland by Michael Crummey (Doubleday Canada)

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Juliet Was a Surprise by Bill Gaston (Hamish Hamilton)

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My October by Claire Holden Rothman (Penguin)

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The Back of the Turtle by Thomas King (HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.)

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The Opening Sky by Joan Thomas (McClelland & Stewart)

Non-Fiction

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The End of Absence: Reclaiming What We’ve Lost in a World of Constant Connection by Michael Harris (HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.)

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The Oil Man and the Sea: Navigating the Northern Gateway by Arno Kopecky (Douglas & McIntyre)

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Up Ghost River: A Chief’s Journey through the Turbulent Waters of Native History by Edmund Metatawabin with Alexandra Shimo (Alfred A. Knopf Canada)

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Know the Night: A Memoir of Survival in the Small Hours by Maria Mutch (Alfred A. Knopf Canada)

Poetry

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Leaving Howe Island by Sadiqa de Meijer (Oolichan Books)

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Light Light by Julie Joosten (BookThug)

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Night Vision by Christopher Levenson (Quattro Books)

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Prologue for the Age of Consequence by Garth Martens (House of Anansi)

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Lake of Two Mountains by Arleen Paré (Brick Books)

Drama

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The Secret Mask by Rick Chafe (Playwrights Canada Press)

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A God in Need of Help by Sean Dixon (Coach House Books)

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by That Elusive Spark by Janet Munsil (Playwrights Canada Press)

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Age of Minority: Three Solo Plays by Jordan Tannahill (Playwrights Canada Press)

Translation (French to English)

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Paul-Émile Borduas: A Critical Biography by Peter Feldstein (McGill-Queen’s University Press)

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Wonder by Sheila Fischman (McClelland & Stewart)

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Christina, The Girl King by Linda Gaboriau (Talonbooks)

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And Slowly Beauty by Maureen Labonté (Talonbooks)

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Guyana by Rhonda Mullins (Coach House Books)

Children’s Literature (Text)

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The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier (Puffin)

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Jeremy Stone by Lesley Choyce (Red Deer Press)

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Skraelings by Rachel and Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley (Inhabit Media Inc.)

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When Everything Feels like the Movies by Raziel Reid (Arsenal Pulp Press)

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This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki (Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press)

Children’s Literature (Illustration)

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Any Questions? by Marie-Louise Gay (Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press)

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Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin by Qin Leng (Kids Can Press)

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Once Upon a Memory by Renata Liwska (Little, Brown and Company)

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Julia, Child by Julie Morstad (Tundra Books)

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This One Summer by Jillian Tamaki (Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press)

Romans et nouvelles

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Le Feu de mon père par Michael Delisle (Les Éditions du Boréal)

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Pourquoi Bologne par Alain Farah (Le Quartanier)

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C’est le cœur qui meurt en dernier par Robert Lalonde (Les Éditions du Boréal)

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Bondrée par Andrée A. Michaud (Éditions Québec Amérique)

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L’orangeraie par Larry Tremblay (Éditions Alto)

Essais

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La Corriveau. De l’histoire à la légende par Catherine Ferland and Dave Corriveau (Les éditions du Septentrion)

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Un défaut de fabrication par Bertrand Gervais (Les Éditions du Boréal)

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Ce que dit l’écorce par Nicolas Lévesque and Catherine Mavrikakis (Éditions Nota bene)

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Tenir tête par Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois (Lux Éditeur)

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Questions d’écriture : Réponses à des lecteurs par Jean-Jacques Pelletier (Les Éditions Hurtubise)

Poésie

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Anarchie de la lumière par José Acquelin (Les Éditions du Passage)

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Un thé dans la toundra / Nipishapui nete mushuat par Joséphine Bacon (Mémoire d’encrier)

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Toujours jamais par Paul Chanel Malenfant (Éditions de l’Hexagone)

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Mémorial pour Geneviève et autres tombeaux par Julie Stanton (Les Heures Bleues)

Théâtre

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Tu te souviendras de moi par François Archambault (Leméac Éditeur)

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As is (tel quel) par Simon Boudreault (Dramaturges Éditeurs)

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Small Talk par Carole Fréchette (Leméac Éditeur / Actes Sud)

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Moi, dans les ruines rouges du siècle par Olivier Kemeid (Leméac Éditeur)

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Histoires pour faire des cauchemars par Étienne Lepage (Dramaturges Éditeurs)

Traduction (anglais au français)

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Les Blondes par Éric Fontaine (Éditions Alto)

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Poisson d’avril par Hervé Juste (Les Éditions du Boréal)

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L’Indien malcommode : un portrait inattendu des Autochtones d’Amérique du Nord par Daniel Poliquin (Les Éditions du Boréal)

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La Femme Hokusai par Lori Saint-Martin and Paul Gagné (Éditions Québec Amérique)

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Une brève histoire des indiens au Canada par Lori Saint-Martin and Paul Gagné (Les Éditions du Boréal)

Littérature jeunesse (texte)

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Le jardin d’Amsterdam par Linda Amyot (Leméac Éditeur)

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Le Noël de Marguerite par India Desjardins (Les Éditions de la Pastèque)

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Eux par Patrick Isabelle (Leméac Éditeur)

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Feu par Jean-François Sénéchal (Leméac Éditeur)

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Fiona par Mélanie Tellier (Marchand de feuilles)

Littérature jeunesse (livres illustrés)

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Le Noël de Marguerite par Pascal Blanchet (Les Éditions de la Pastèque)

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Le lion et l’oiseau par Marianne Dubuc (Les Éditions de la Pastèque)

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Grand-mère, elle et moi par Manon Gauthier (Les 400 coups)

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Pablo trouve un trésor par Isabelle Malenfant (Les 400 coups)

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Gustave par Pierre Pratt (Les Éditions de la Pastèque)

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