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Governor General’s Literary Award Finalists Announced

On October 13, 2010 The Canada Council for the Arts announced the names of the 70 finalists for the 2010 Governor General’s Literary Awards. The English and French awards are in the categories of fiction, non fiction, poetry, drama, children’s literature (text and illustration) and translation. A total of 1,702 eligible books were submitted for this year’s awards, an increase of 161 books over last year.

Fiction Finalists

Sandra Birdsell, Waiting for Joe

Waiting for Joe charts a contemporary odyssey of loss and dispossession. Caring for an elderly parent while they slowly lose their tangible assets, Joe and Laurie confront both economic and emotional bankruptcy. The discoveries they make as their lives disintegrate effect a poignant and intense depiction of class and consumerism.

Emma Donoghue, Room

Room is a terrifying novel about the nature of prisons and the innocence of inmates. Held captive in a secret room, a mother and son dream of escaping, only to discover that the larger world is merely a larger prison. A clear-eyed evocation of a child’s perspective, this novel is both macabre and redemptive.

Drew Hayden Taylor, Curve Lake

The arrival of a tall dark stranger on a vintage Indian motorcycle introduces a host of compelling characters who bring us into intimate contact with life on an Ojibway reserve. The havoc he wreaks transforms the community’s tragedy and pain into an extraordinary tale that is luminous, magical and utterly hilarious.

Dianne Warren, Cool Water

Cool Water is the story of a small town and its ordinary citizens. Nothing much happens in Juliet, Saskatchewan. But Dianne Warren’s characters struggle to maintain their dignity against powerful odds. This is powerful writing  ̶  gut-wrenching and inspiring. Its drama is quiet, but in the end you hardly know what hit you.

Kathleen Winter, Annabel

Annabel is the story of Wayne Blake, born a hermaphrodite in late 1960s Labrador. Shame silences his parents, and Wayne falls victim to their hopeless confusion. They realize too late that he is normal, but for a conflicted identity that never lets him rest. Affecting and memorable.

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