Sunday, October 26, 2014

The Giller Prize shortlist and the GG shortlist for English fiction and for children's lit

Hi, all.
It’s literary prize season in Canada. Here are the short lists for the Giller Prize and the Governor General’s Award for English fiction, and the GG for children’s literature in English. – Brian

Giller Prize shortlist:
David Bezmozgis, The Betrayers (HarperCollins Canada)
Frances Itani, Tell (HarperCollins Canada)
Sean Michaels, Us Conductors (Random House Canada)
Heather O’Neill, The Girl Who Was Saturday Night (HarperCollins Canada)
Miriam Toews, All My Puny Sorrows (Random House Canada)
Padma Viswanathan, The Ever After of Ashwin Rao (Random House Canada)

Governor General’s Award for fiction:

Michael Crummey (St. John’s), Sweetland (Doubleday Canada)
Bill Gaston (Victoria), Juliet Was a Surprise (Hamish Hamilton)
Claire Holden Rothman (Westmount, Que.), My October (Penguin Canada)
Thomas King (Guelph), The Back of the Turtle (HarperCollins)
Joan Thomas (Winnipeg), The Opening Sky (McClelland & Stewart)

Governor General’s Award for children’s literature:
Jonathan Auxier for The Night Gardener (Puffin Canada, which isn't open to submissions, but eh parent company in the States is: Penguin Young Readers Group)
Lesley Choyce for Jeremy Stone (Red Deer Press)
Rachel Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley for Skraelings (Inhabit Media)
Raziel Reid for When Everything Feels like the Movies (Arsenal Pulp Press)  
Mariko Tamaki for This One Summer (Groundwood Books)

Note: I'd welcome book reviews of any of the books on the shortlists for a major Canadian literary prize. Details for submitting a review here. Read how to write a book review here. - Brian

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