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2015 Governor General’s Literary Awards Finalists Announced

October 8, 2015

The shortlisted authors for the Governor General’s Literary Awards were announced yesterday by the Canada Council for the Arts. Each year, the Council awards prizes to authors in 7 English Language categories (Fiction, Non-fiction, Poetry, Drama, French-to-English translation, Children’s Text, and Children’s Illustration) with each winner receiving $25,000. The winners will be revealed on October 28, 2015.

We want to extend our deepest congratulations to all the GG nominees, and are especially proud to have featured books in 4/7 English Language categories at this year’s festival! We wish the best of luck to Rhonda Mullins, Ted Bishop, Emil Sher, Perrine Leblanc, JonArno Lawson, and Sydney Smith! Click on the covers below for a full bio and book description to find out more.


Twenty-One Cardinals by Rhonda MullinsThe Social Life of Ink by Ted BishopYoung Man With Camera by Emil Sher
The Lake by Perrine LeblancSidewalk Flowers by JonArno Lawson


See the full list of shortlisted authors.



  • Daddy Lenin and Other Stories by Guy Vanderhaghe
  • How You Were Born by Kate Cayley
  • Outline by Rachel Cusk
  • The Evening Chorus by Helen Humphreys
  • The Winter Family by Clifford Jackman



  • Bee Time by Mark L. Winston
  • Dispatches from the Front by David Halton
  • Norval Morrisseau by Armand Garnet Ruffo
  • Party of One by Michael Harris
  • The Social Life of Ink by Ted Bishop



  • Crossover by M. Travis Lane
  • For Your Safety Please Hold On by Kayla Czaga
  • Infinite Citizen of the Shaking Tent by Liz Howard
  • My Shoes are Killing Me by Robyn Sarah
  • Washita by Patrick Lane



  • Odd Ducks by Bryden MacDonald
  • Mahmoud by Tara Grammy and Tom Arthur Davis
  • The Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble by Beth Graham
  • Winners and Losers by Marcus Youssef and James Long
  • carried away on the crest of a wave by David Yee


French-to-English Translation:


Children’s Text:

  • Are You Seeing Me? by Darren Groth
  • Audrey (cow) by Dan Bar-el
  • We Are All Made of Molecules by Susin Nielsen
  • The Gospel Truth by Caroline Pignat
  • Young Man with Camera by Emil Sher


Children’s Illustration:

  • Jack, the King of Ashes by Andy Jones and Darka Erdelji
  • Sidewalk Flowers by JonArno Lawson and Sydney Smith
  • The Good Little Book by Kyo Maclear and Marion Arbona
  • A Cat Named Tim and Other Stories by John Martz
  • Bug in a Vacuum by Mélanie Watt