Atlantic Canadians claim GG shortlist spots

Crummey, Choyce and poet LeBlanc make this year’s shortlist for the Governor General’s Literary Awards

The Canada Council for the Arts announced the 2014 shortlist for the Governor General’s Literary Awards today, featuring many current and former Atlantic Canadian authors.

Photo credit: Arielle Hogan
Photo credit: Arielle Hogan

“This year’s list of finalists contains powerful novels and poems, imaginative children’s books, skillful translations, entrancing dramas and enlightening non-fiction,” said Canada Council Director and CEO, Simon Brault. “They are all meaningful books in which we can, as readers and Canadians, lose ourselves and find ourselves.”

St. John’s resident Michael Crummey’s much-lauded novel Sweetland (Doubleday Canada) is on the English language fiction list, as is former Nova Scotia resident Bill Gaston, author of Juliet Was a Surprise (Hamish Hamilton).

The English-language non-fiction list features former Newfoundland and Labrador resident Michael Harris, The End of Absence: Reclaiming What We’ve Lost in a World of Constant Connection (HarperCollins Publishers) and former Nova Scotia resident Maria Mutch, for Know the Night: A Memoir of Survival in the Small Hours (Alfred A. Knopf Canada).

Photo: Chris Benjamin

The children’s literature (text) shortlist includes Pottersfield Press publisher Lesley Choyce, from East Lawrencetown for his young adult novel Jeremy Stone (Red Deer Press).

Georgette LeBlanc of Pointe-de-l’Église, NS made the French-language shortlist with her book of poetry Prudent (Les Éditions Perce-Neige).

The winners will be announced on November 18, which just so happens to be Michael Crummey’s birthday.

See the complete 2014 shortlist for the Governor General’s Literary Awards here

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Kim Hart Macneill is a journalist and magazine editor whose work has appeared in This Magazine, Canadian Business, and East Coast Living. She divides her time between Halifax and Moncton.

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