The Governor General’s Literary Awards 2015

The Walrus Foundation joins the Canada Council for the Arts in celebrating the finalists for the 2015 Governor General’s Literary Awards. The Governor General’s Literary Awards were established in 1936 and have evolved into Canada’s pre-eminent literary prizes.

The winners, marked in gold, were announced October 28, 2015.

Fiction

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How You Were Born by Kate Cayley (Pedlar Press)

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Outline by Rachel Cusk (HarperCollins Canada)

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The Evening Chorus by Helen Humphreys (HarperCollins Canada)

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The Winter Family by Clifford Jackman (Penguin Random House Canada)

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Daddy Lenin and Other Stories by Guy Vanderhaeghe (McClelland & Stewart)

Non-Fiction

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The Social Life of Ink: Culture, Wonder, and Our Relationship with the Written Word by Ted Bishop (Viking)

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Dispatches from the Front: Matthew Halton, Canada’s Voice at War by David Halton (McClelland & Stewart)

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Party of One: Stephen Harper and Canada’s Radical Makeover by Michael Harris (Viking)

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Norval Morrisseau: Man Changing into Thunderbird by Armand Garnet Ruffo (Douglas & McIntyre)

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Bee Time: Lessons from the Hive by Mark L. Winston (Harvard University Press)

Poetry

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For Your Safety Please Hold On by Kayla Czaga (Nightwood Editions)

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Infinite Citizen of the Shaking Tent by Liz Howard (McClelland & Stewart)

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Crossover by M. Travis Lane (Cormorant Books)

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Washita by Patrick Lane (Harbour Publishing)

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My Shoes Are Killing Me by Robyn Sarah (Biblioasis)

Drama

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The Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble by Beth Graham (Playwrights Canada Press)

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Mahmoud by Tara Grammy and Tom Arthur Davis (Playwrights Canada Press)

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Odd Ducks by Bryden MacDonald (Talonbooks)

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Carried Away on the Crest of a Wave by David Yee (Playwrights Canada Press)

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Winners and Losers by Marcus Youssef and James Long (Talonbooks)

Translation (French to English)

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Captive by David Scott Hamilton (House of Anansi)

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The Lake by Lazer Lederhendler (House of Anansi)

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Twenty-One Cardinals by Rhonda Mullins (Coach House)

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Stolen Sisters by Susan Ouriou and Christelle Morelli (HarperCollins Canada)

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Montcalm & Wolfe by Donald Winkler (HarperCollins Canada)

Children’s Literature (Text)

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Audrey (Cow) by Dan Bar-el (Tundra Books)

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Are You Seeing Me? by Darren Groth (Orca Book Publishers)

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We Are All Made of Molecules by Susin Nielsen (Tundra Books)

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The Gospel Truth by Caroline Pignat (Red Deer Press)

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Young Man with Camera by Emil Sher (Scholastic Canada)

Children’s Literature (Illustration)

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Jack, the King of Ashes by Andy Jones and Darka Erdelji (Running the Goat)

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Sidewalk Flowers by JonArno Lawson and Sydney Smith (Groundwood Books)

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The Good Little Book by Kyo Maclear and Marion Arbona (Tundra Books)

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A Cat Named Tim and Other Stories by John Martz (Koyama Press)

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Bug in a Vacuum by Mélanie Watt (Tundra Books)

Romans et nouvelles

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Sèna par Françoise de Luca (Marchand de feuilles)

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Six degrés de liberté par Nicolas Dickner (Éditions Alto)

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La Fabrica par Marilyne Fortin (Éditions Québec Amérique)

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Traité des peaux par Catherine Harton (Marchand de Feuilles)

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À la recherche de New Babylon par Dominique Scali (Éditions La Peuplade)

Essais

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Curieuses histoires de plantes du Canada, tome 1, Alain Asselin par Jacques Cayouette and Jacques Mathieu (Les éditions du Septentrion)

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La lenteur des montagnes par Ying Chen (Les Éditions du Boréal)

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Les femmes de lettres canadiennes-françaises au tournant du Xxe siècle par Chantal Savoie (Éditions Nota bene)

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De Marie de l’Incarnation à Nelly Arcan ; Se dire, se faire par l’écriture intime par Patricia Smart (Les Éditions du Boréal)

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Honoré Beaugrand : La plume et l’épée (1848-1906) par Jean-Philippe Warren (Les Éditions du Boréal)

Poésie

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Tête première / Dos / Contre dos par Martine Audet (Éditions du Noroît)

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Les trésors tamisés par François Baril Pelletier (Les Éditions L’Interligne)

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Langue maternelle par Jean-Philippe Dupuis (Le Lézard Amoureux)

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La carte des feux par René Lapierre (Les Herbes Rouges)

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Le mal du pays est un art oublié par Joël Pourbaix (Éditions du Noroît)

Théâtre

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En cas de pluie, aucun remboursement par Simon Boudreault (Dramaturges Éditeurs)

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Pour réussir un poulet par Fabien Cloutier (L’Instant Même and Dramaturges Éditeurs)

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Jouez, Monsieur Molière! par Jean-Rock Gaudreault (Lansman Editeur)

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J’accuse par Annick Lefebvre (Dramaturges Éditeurs)

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La beauté du monde par Olivier Sylvestre (Leméac Éditeur)

Traduction (anglais au français)

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Élisabeth dans le pétrin par Christiane Duchesne (Les Éditions du Boréal)

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Voisins et Ennemis par Catherine Ego (Les Presses de l’Université Laval)

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MxT par Marie Frankland (Éditions de l’Hexagone)

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Ma vie (racontée malgré moi) par Henry K. Larsen par Rachel Martinez (La Courte Échelle)

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Solomon Gursky par Lori Saint-Martin and Paul Gagné (Les Éditions du Boréal)

Littérature jeunesse (texte)

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Les Forces du désordre par Camille Bouchard (Éditions Québec Amérique)

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Dessine-moi un martien par Denis Côté (Soulières Éditeur)

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Boîtamémoire par Roger Des Roches (La Courte Échelle)

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Direction Saint-Creux-des-Meuh-Meuh par Sandra Dussault (Éditions Québec Amérique)

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Marie Réparatrice par Louis-Philippe Hébert (Les Éditions de La Grenouillère)

Littérature jeunesse (livres illustrés)

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L’arbragan par Jacques Goldstyn (Les Éditions de la Pastèque)

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Quand j’écris avec mon cœur par Mireille Levert (Les Éditions de la Bagnole)

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Le voleur de sandwichs par André Marois and Patrick Doyon (Les Éditions de la Pastèque)

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Rosalie entre chien et chat par Mélanie Perreault and Marion Arbona (Dominique et Compagnie)

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Douze oiseaux par Renée Robitaille and Philippe Béha (Les Éditions de la Bagnole)

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