British Columbia authors garner ten nomations for the 2009 Governor General’s Literary Awards

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.

Where the Blood MixesAccording 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

Fiction

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

Poetry

Philip Kevin Paul (Brentwood Bay), Little Hunger

David Zieroth (North Vancouver), The Fly in Autumn

Drama

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

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This high BC proportion of shortlisted titles is a testament to the quality of writing and publishing taking place in the province.

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