The Canada Council for the Arts announced the finalists for the 2009 Governor General’s Literary Awards with ten of the thirty five English-language nominations written by BC authors.
According to Andrew Wooldridge, President of the Association of Book Publishers of BC this high BC proportion of shortlisted titles is a testament to the quality of writing and publishing taking place in the province.
With a total of 75 titles shortlisted (35 each in English and French) from the 1,541 eligible books, the finalists from across Canada include authors, illustrators and translators in the categories of fiction, non‑fiction, poetry, drama, children’s literature and translation.
The winners will be announced on Tuesday, November 17 in Montreal with the official award presentation taking place on November 26th overseen by Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada at Rideau Hall in Ottawa.
BC Finalists for the 2009 Governor General’s Literary Awards
Annabel Lyon (New Westminster), The Golden Mean
Kate Pullinger (Cranbrook, now residing in the UK), The Mistress of Nothing
Deborah Willis (Victoria), Vanishing and Other Stories
Philip Kevin Paul (Brentwood Bay), Little Hunger
David Zieroth (North Vancouver), The Fly in Autumn
Kevin Loring (Vancouver), Where the Blood Mixes
Joan MacLeod (Victoria), Another Home Invasion
Children’s Literature – Text
Shelley Hrdlitschka (North Vancouver), Sister Wife
Robin Stevenson (Victoria), A Thousand Shades of Blue
Children’s Literature – Illustration
Rachel Berman (Victoria), Bradley McGogg, the Very Fine Frog