Rachel Cusk among fiction finalists for Governor General’s Literary Awards


OTTAWA – British-Canadian author Rachel Cusk is one of five boundary-pushing writers shortlisted for the Governor General’s Fiction Award.

OTTAWA – British-Canadian author Rachel Cusk is one of five boundary-pushing writers shortlisted for the Governor General’s Fiction Award.

The Saskatoon-born, London-based word trainer is up for the $ 25,000 honor with her psychodrama “A Second Place.” The novel, published by HarperCollins Canada, was also shortlisted for the prestigious Booker Prize.

His competition includes Hamilton cartoonist Joe Ollmann with “Fictional Father,” published by Drawn & Quarterly, a graphic novel that draws on comic book canon to explore a father-son relationship.

Sheung-King of Toronto is also nominated for “You are Eating an Orange. You are Naked. First Novel Award, follows a young translator traveling the world with his anonymous lover.

Norma Dunning of Edmonton received a nod for “Tainna: The Unseen Ones, Short Stories,” by Douglas & McIntyre, a short story book focused on today’s Inuk characters.

Rounding out the short list of fiction, Lytton First Nation member GA Grisenthwaite with “Home Waltz” from Palimpsest Press, a coming-of-age story about a NÅ‚eÊ”kepmx half-blood boy trying to find his way in a small, predominantly indigenous town.

The books were among 70 titles nominated for the 2021 Governor General’s Literary Awards, which are administered by the Canada Council for the Arts on Thursday.

The awards recognize literary achievement in seven categories in English and French. The 14 winners, who each receive $ 25,000, will be announced on November 17th.

For English-language writing, the non-fiction nominees are: Larry Audlaluk of Grise Fiord, Nunavut, for “What I Remember, What I Know: The Life Of A High Arctic Exile,” Inhabit Media; Sadiqa de Meijer of Kingston, Ont., For “alfabet / alphabet: a memoir of a first language,” from Anstruther Books; Ivan Coyote of London, Ont., For “Care Of: Letters, Connections, And Cures,” by McClelland & Stewart; and JB MacKinnon of Vancouver for “The Day the World Stops Shopping” by Random House Canada.

The poetry finalists are: Stephen Collis of Delta, BC, for “A History of the Theories of Rain,” by Talonbooks; Hoa Nguyen of Toronto for “A Thousand Times You Lose Your Treasure,” published by Wave Books; Rebecca Salazar of Fredericton for “Sulphurtongue”, by McClelland & Stewart; Tolu Oloruntoba of Surrey, BC, for “The Junta of Happenstance,” by Anstruther Books; and Roxanna Bennett of Whitby, Ont., for “The Untranslatable I,” by Gordon Hill Press.

The contenders for the drama are: Paul David Power of St. John’s, NL, for “Crippled,” from Breakwater Books; Christine Quintana of Vancouver for “Selfie,” of Playwrights Canada Press; Hannah Moscovitch of Halifax for “Middle Class Sexual Misconduct,” from Playwrights Canada Press; Jivesh Parasram from Vancouver for “Take d Milk, Nah?” From Playwrights Canada Press; and Falen Johnson of Montreal for “Two Indians” by Scirocco Drama.

Distinctions will also be awarded for writing and illustration in children’s literature, as well as for translation from French into English. There are separate French language categories for French writing.

The prizes give out a total annual value of $ 450,000.

Each winner receives $ 25,000, while the publisher of each winning book receives $ 3,000 to support promotional activities. The finalists each receive $ 1,000.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on October 14, 2021.

The Canadian Press


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