The Governor General’s Literary Awards 2016

The Walrus Foundation joins the Canada Council for the Arts in celebrating the finalists for the 2016 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 25, 2016.

Fiction

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Yiddish for Pirates by Gary Barwin (Random House Canada / Penguin Random House Canada)

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The Parcel by Anosh Irani (Alfred A. Knopf Canada / Penguin Random House Canada)

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Willem de Kooning’s Paintbrush by Kerry Lee Powell (HarperCollins Publishers)

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Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien (Alfred A. Knopf Canada / Penguin Random House Canada)

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The Break by Katherena Vermette (House of Anansi Press)

Young People’s Literature (Text)

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The Unquiet by Mikaela Everett (Greenwillow Books / HarperCollins Publishers)

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A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston (Hyperion / Disney Book Group)

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Once in a Town Called Moth by Trilby Kent (Tundra Books / Penguin Random House Canada)

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Calvin by Martine Leavitt (Groundwood Books / House of Anansi Press)

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The Emperor of Any Place by Tim Wynne-Jones (Candlewick Press)

Young People’s Literature (Illustrated Books)

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The White Cat and the Monk by Jo Ellen Bogart and Sydney Smith (Groundwood Books / House of Anansi Press)

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A Hungry Lion or A Dwindling Assortment of Animals by Lucy Ruth Cummins (Atheneum Books for Young Readers / Simon & Schuster)

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Tokyo Digs a Garden by Jon-Erik Lappano and Kellen Hatanaka (Groundwood Books / House of Anansi Press)

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The Branch by Mireille Messier and Pierre Pratt (Kids Can Press)

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Ooko by Esmé Shapiro (Tundra Books / Penguin Random House Canada)

Drama

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Kill Me Now by Brad Fraser (Playwrights Canada Press)

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Pig Girl by Colleen Murphy (Playwrights Canada Press)

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A Man A Fish by Donna-Michelle St. Bernard (Playwrights Canada Press)

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Concord Floral by Jordan Tannahill (Playwrights Canada Press)

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Refuge by Mary Vingoe (Scirocco Drama / J. Gordon Shillingford Publishing)

Poetry

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Regeneration Machine by Joe Denham (Nightwood Editions)

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The Waking Comes Late by Steven Heighton (House of Anansi Press)

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Throaty Wipes by Susan Holbrook (Coach House Books)

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Prairie Harbour by Garry Thomas Morse (Talonbooks)

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Marry & Burn by Rachel Rose (Harbour Publishing)

Non-fiction

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Brown: What Being Brown in the World Today Means (To Everyone) by Kamal Al-Solaylee (HarperCollins Publishers)

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In-Between Days: A Memoir About Living with Cancer by Teva Harrison (House of Anansi Press)

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Firewater: How Alcohol is Killing My People (and Yours) by Harold R. Johnson (University of Regina Press)

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Marconi: The Man Who Networked the World by Marc Raboy (Oxford University Press)

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A World We Have Lost: Saskatchewan Before 1905 by Bill Waiser (Fifth House Publishers)

Translation (French to English)

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The Party Wall by Lazer Lederhendler (Biblioasis; translation of Le mur mitoyen by Catherine Leroux, Éditions Alto)

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Guano by Rhonda Mullins (Coach House Books; translation of Guano by Louis Carmain, Éditions de l’Hexagone)

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The Goddess of Fireflies by Neil Smith (Véhicule Press; translation of La déesse des mouches à feu by Geneviève Pettersen, Le Quartanier)

Romans et nouvelles

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La femme qui fuit par Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette (Marchand de feuilles)

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Les enfants de Liverpool par Hugues Corriveau (Éditions Druide)

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Blanc dehors par Martine Delvaux (Héliotrope)

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Au péril de la mer par Dominique Fortier (Éditions Alto)

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L’année la plus longue par Daniel Grenier (Le Quartanier)

Littérature jeunesse (texte)

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Nouvelle-Orléans par Camille Bouchard (Éditions Québec Amérique)

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Quand hurle la nuit par Mario Brassard (Soulières éditeur)

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Fé M Fé par Amélie Dumoulin (Éditions Québec Amérique)

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Hare Krishna par François Gilbert (Leméac Éditeur)

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Camille par Patrick Isabelle (Leméac Éditeur)

Littérature jeunesse (livres illustrés)

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Le mystère des billes d’or par Jules Asselin et Ninon Pelletier (Les Éditions L’Interligne)

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Florence et Léon par Simon Boulerice et Delphie Côté-Lacroix (Éditions Québec Amérique)

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Grand-père et la Lune par Stéphanie Lapointe et Rogé (Les Éditions XYZ)

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Deux garçons et un secret par Andrée Poulin et Marie Lafrance (Les Éditions de la Bagnole)

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Pikiq par Yayo (Les Éditions de la Bagnole)

Théâtre

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Le faux pas de l’actrice dans sa traîne par Hervé Bouchard (Le Quartanier)

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La divine illusion par Michel Marc Bouchard (Leméac Éditeur)

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Les haut-parleurs par Sébastien David (Leméac Éditeur)

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Five kings : l’histoire de notre chute par Olivier Kemeid (Leméac Éditeur)

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Inflammation du verbe vivre par Wajdi Mouawad (Leméac Éditeur / Actes Sud)

Poésie

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Personne et le Soleil par Louise Bouchard (Éditions Les Herbes rouges)

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Le poème est une maison de bord de mer par Normand de Bellefeuille (Les Éditions du Noroît)

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Au monde. Inventaire par Antoine Dumas (Les éditions du passage)

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La dureté des matières et de l’eau par Pierre Nepveu (Les Éditions du Noroît)

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Je suis la fille du baobab brûlé par Rodney Saint-Éloi (Mémoire d’encrier)

Essais

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La main gauche de Jean-Pierre Léaud par André Habib (Les Éditions du Boréal)

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Être et ne pas être par Michel Morin (Éditions Les Herbes rouges)

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Exercices d’amitié par Yvon Rivard (Leméac Éditeur)

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Amerindia : essais d’ethnohistoire autochtone par Roland Viau (Les Presses de l’Université de Montréal)

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La vie flottante par Louise Warren (Les Éditions du Noroît)

Traduction (anglais au français)

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Les hautes montagnes du Portugal par Christophe Bernard (Les Éditions XYZ; traduction de The High Mountains of Portugal de Yann Martel, Alfred A.
Knopf Canada)

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La destruction des Indiens des Plaines : maladies,famines organisées, disparition du mode de vie autochtone par Catherine Ego (Presses de l’Université Laval; traduction de Clearing the Plains de James Daschuk, University of Regina Press)

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Le grand retour : le réveil autochtone par Daniel Poliquin (Les Éditions du Boréal; traduction de The Comeback de John Ralston Saul, Viking)

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Joshua par Lori Saint-Martin et Paul Gagné (Les Éditions du Boréal; traduction de Joshua Then and Now de Mordecai Richler, McClelland & Stewart)

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Elle nage par Madeleine Stratford (Éditions La Peuplade; traduction de Swim de Marianne Apostolides, BookThug)

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