Governor General’s Literary Awards and Scotiabank Giller Prize Shortlists Announced

Literary award season is here!  I am always curious to view the shortlists for the major literary awards … it is gratifying to have read or “discovered” some of the titles before they receive a lot of hype. 

The Giller Prize was founded in 1994 and recognizes excellence in Canadian fiction.  The prize money has grown to $50,000 (the largest endowment for literature in the country).  It hardly compares to the purse at a major sporting event, but at least literary award winners have the potential to increase their retail sales exponentially and receive international recognition.

The Giller shortlist nominees are:

The Canada Council For The Arts website indicates that the Governor General’s Literary Awards are given annually to the best English-language and the best French-language book in each of the seven categories of Fiction, Literary Non-fiction, Poetry, Drama, Children’s Literature (text), Children’s Literature (illustration) and Translation (from French to English).

Each laureate receives $25,000 and a specially crafted copy of the winning book. In addition, publishers of winning titles receive a $3,000 grant for the promotion of the prize-winning book. Non-winning finalists each receive $1,000.

The Governor General’s Literary Awards Finalists for Fiction are:

Tamas Dobozy, Siege 13
Robert Hough, Dr. Brinkley’s Tower
Vincent Lam, The Headmaster’s Wager
Carrie Snyder, The Juliet Stories
Linda Spalding, The Purchase

Place a hold on a library copy of these books today and pick your own award-winning title…

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About gplmarcia

Hello book aficionados! I am a librarian at GPL’s Main Library. Most of my time at work is spent on the Information Desk helping people with their information needs and, of course, finding a great book to read. I order the fiction books for the Main Library, so I have the inside track on what’s new, and what’s hot. In my spare time, I love to read (no surprise), walk my dogs (an English Setter and an Irish Red & White Setter) in the forest, visit the gym, and plan my next vacation (however humble that may be…I’m happy to go to the Blue Jays game).
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