Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Governor General’s Literary Awards of Canada

The Governor General's Literary Awards (GGs) for fiction  are given annually to the best books. Winners receive $25,000 and a specially bound copy of the winning book. The publisher of each winning book receives $3,000 to support promotional activities. Non-winning finalists each receive $1,000. Finalists  are announced in mid to late October. The winner is announced in mid November. I will keep you posted.  

2010 Longlist of nominees

2010 Finalists:


Cool Water by Dianne Warren  Winner
Waiting for Joe by Sandra Birdsell
Room by Emma Donoghue
Motorcycles & Sweetgrass by by Drew Hayden Taylor
Annabel by Kathleen Winter


Those I've read:

2010 Longlist - Beatrice & Virgil**** by Yann Martel
2010 Longlist - Ape House**** by Sara Gruen
2010 Longlist - The Sentimentalists***+ by Johanna Skibsrud  (Giller Winner 2010)  
2010 Longlist - The Ghost Brush***** by Katherine Govier
2010 Longlist - Sanctuary Line***+ by Jane Urquhart
2010 Longlist - The Debba****+ by Avner Mandelman

2010 Longlist - The Crime Machine***+ by Giles Blunt
2010 Finalist - Room****+ by Emma Donoghue 
2009 Winner - The Mistress of Nothing***** by Kate Pullinger  
2009 Finalist - The Golden Mean****+ by Annabel Lyon
2009 Longlist - February**** by Lisa Moore
2009 Longlist - The Disappeared****+ by Kim Echlin
2009 Longlist - No Such Creature***+ by Giles Blunt    
2009 Longlist - The Last Woman***+ by John Bemrose
2009 Longlist - Breaking Lorca**** by Giles Blunt    
2009 Longlist - The Day the Falls Stood Still***** by Cathy Marie Buchanan
2009 Longlist - Carnivore**** by David Sinnett 
2008 Finalist - Atmospheric Disturbances**** by Rivka Galchen
2008 Longlist- Chef**** by Jaspreet Singh
2008 Longlist - The Cellist of Sarajevo***** by Steven Galloway
2008 Longlist - Through Black Spruce***** by Joseph Boyden    
2008 Longlist - Coventry***** by Helen Humphreys    
2008 Longlist - At a Loss for Words**** by Diane Schoemperlen    
2008 Longlist - Quintet***+ by Douglas Arthur Brown
2008 Longlist - The Boys in the Trees***** by Mary Swan    
2008 Longlist - The Gargoyle****+ by Andrew Davidson
2008 Longlist - Trauma***** by McGrath, Patrick    
2008 Longlist - Good to a Fault***+ by Marina Endicott
2008 Longlist - Red Dog, Red Dog**** by Patrick Lane    
2008 Longlist - The Frozen Thames***** by Helen Humphreys            
2008 Longlist - The Retreat**** by David Bergen        
2007 Winner - Divisadero***** Michael Ondaatje
2007 Finalist - Helpless****+ by Barbara Gowdy
2007 Longlist - Conceit***** by Mary Novik
2007 Longlist - The Twice Born***** by Pauline Gedge
2007 Longlist - The End of the Alphabet**** by C. S. Richardson    
2007 Longlist - The Letter Opener***+ by Kyo Maclear
2007 Longlist - The Outlander**** by Gil Adamson
2007 Longlist - Late Nights on Air**** by Elizabeth Hay    
2007 Longlist - By The Time You Read This****+ by Giles Blunt    
2006 Longlist - Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
2005 Longlist - A Map of Glass***** by Jane Urquhart
2005 Finalist - Processional*** by Anne Compton Poetry
2005 Longlist - The Lizard Cage***** by Karen Connelly
2005 Longlist - An Audience of Chairs***** by Joan Clark
2005 Longlist - What We All Long**** For by Dionne Brand
2005 Longlist - The Logogryph**** by Thomas Wharton
2005 Longlist - Carolan's Farewell**** by Charles Foran
2005 Longlist - Three Views of Crystal Water****+ by Katherine Govier
2005 Longlist - Alligator**** by Lisa Moore    
2005 Longlist - Ticknor*** by Sheila Heti
2005 Longlist - The Time in Between**** by David Bergen
2005 Longlist - The Memory Book**** by Howard Engel
2005 Longlist - Blackfly Season**** by Giles Blunt    
2004 Longlist - Look for Me**** by Edeet Ravel
2004 Longlist - Wild Dogs**** by Helen Humphreys
2003 Finalist - Ten Thousand Lovers***** by Edeet Ravel
2003 Longlist - The Way the Crow Flies****+ by Ann-Marie MacDonald
2003 Longlist - The Delicate Storm****+ by Giles Blunt    
2002 Finalist - Unless**** by Carol Shields
2001 Finalist - Life of Pi****+ by Yann Martel
2001 Longlist - The Stone Carvers****+ by Jane Urquhart
2000 Finalist - Mercy Among the Children**** by David Adams Richards
2000 Longlist - Burridge Unbound***+ by Alan Cumyn    
2000 Longlist - Forty Words for Sorrow**** by Giles Blunt
2000 Longlist - Afterimage****+ by Helen Humphreys

1998 Finalist - The Electrical Field***+ by Kerri Sakamoto
1997 Winner - The Underpainter**** by Jane Urquhart
1995 Finalist - Mister Sandman***+ by Barbara Gowdy
1995 Finalist - Night Walk**** by Roo Borson Poetry
1991 Finalist - Words With Power***** Northrop Frye Nonfiction
1986 Finalist - The Collected Poems of Al Purdy**** by Al Purdy Poetry
1984 Finalist - The Whole Night Coming Home**** by Roo Borson Poetry
1982 Finalist - The Great Code: The Bible**** and Northrop Frye Nonfiction
1980 Finalist - Fat Woman** by Leon Rooke
1972 Winner - The Manticore***** by Robertson Davies
1963 Winner - Hugh Garner's Best Stories***** by Hugh Garner
1961 Winner - Hear Us O Lord from Heaven Thy Dwelling Place***** by Malcolm Lowry

On my shelves tbr:


2006 Longlist - Consolation by Michael by Redhill    
2006 Longlist - Madame Zee by Pearl Luke
2005 Winner - The Golden Spruce: A True Story of Myth, Madness and Greed by John Vaillant nonfiction
2004 Winner - A Complicated Kindness Miriam Toews
2004 Longlist - The Hatbox Letters by Beth Powning
2004 Longlist - Waking Raphael by Leslie Forbes
2004 Longlist - Woman in Bronze by Antanas Sileika
2003 Winner - The In-Between World of Vikram Lall by M. G. Vassanji
2002 Longlist - The Last Crossing by Guy Vanderhaeghe    
2001 Longlist - The Boy Must Die by Jon Redfern
2000 Winner - Anil's by Ghost Michael Ondaatje
2000 Finalist - Monkey Beach Eden Robinson
2000 Longlist - Latitudes of Melt by Joan Clark    

1998 Finalist - The White Bone by Barbara Gowdy
1998 Finalist - The Colony of Unrequited Dreams by Wayne Johnston
1996 Finalist - Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood
1996 Finalist - The Green Library by Janice Kulyk Keefer
1993 Winner - The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields
1993 Finalist - Frontiers by Noël Mostert Nonfiction
1992 Winner - The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
1983 Finalist - The Biggest Modern Women in thw World by Susan Swan
1970 Winner - The New Ancestors by Dave Godfrey

Want to read:




2008 Longlist - Your Sad Eyes and Unforgettable Mouth by Edeet Ravel
2008 Longlist - Stunt by Claudia Dey

2006 Longlist - A Wall of Light by Edeet Ravel
2005 Longlist - Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden
2003 Longlist - River of the Brokenhearted by David Adams Richard
2000 Longlist - No Great Mischief by Alistair MacLeod    
1993 Finalist - For Those Who Hunt the Wounded Down by David Adams Richards

 Which have you read? Which can you recommend? What are your favourites? Comments, questions, dissenting opinions, or links to reviews are welcomed. I'd love to read them.

Review of 2009 Winner The Mistress of Nothing by Kate Pullinger by Jennifer at Mrs. Q: Book Addict.

7 comments:

  1. Thanks for this post! It was nice reading it. I will add some of the books from the above list to my 'TBR' list. It will be nice to discover new Canadian authors.

    Is the Governor General's Award given for only Canadian authors or covers a broader range of writers whose books get published in Canada?

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  2. Thanks for this list - I recognised some of the titles but there were so many I didn't that I wondered whether they were available in NZ. Half an hour on the library's catalogue said they are and I've simply missed them. I've come home today with the Kate Pullinger and looking forward to many more.

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  3. Vishy* Anyone who is published here may be nominated for this award. The books simply have to be published in English or French or be a translation into English or French. And only publishers may nominate titles, from their own houses. No other restrictions, they're just looking for the best.
    Thanks for your interest. There is a lot of good Canadian literature out there if you know where to look.

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  4. Cat* It's nice to know Canadian titles can be found there. I haven't read the latest nominees but you can see by my starred ratings I really enjoy most of those I read. I look forward to your thoughts on Pullinger's books and any others you read. And I'd be happy to post links to any reviews of these books that you may write.

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  5. I really enjoyed The Mistress of Nothing, I reviewed it last week. It was such a good book!

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  6. Jennifer* With your permission I'm adding the link to your review, which is great by the way. Glad you enjoyed it so much.

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  7. Thanks for reply, Sandra! I haven't read many Canadian authors and so I will use this list for inspiration to read more.

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