Saturday, 11 October 2014

2014 Governor General's Literary Awards: Finalists announced

The Governor General's Literary Awards are presented annually as selected by the Canada Council for the Arts. Affectionately known as the GGs, the Governor General's Literary Awards are Canada's national book awards, honouring the best of our literature in seven categories, in both official languages. These Canada Council awards celebrate and promote the excellence of Canadian writers, illustrators and translators.

The prizes for the GGs are as follows:

  • Authors/translators/illustrators of winning books receive $25,000
  • Non-winning finalists receive $1,000, and
  • Publishers of winning books receive $3,000 to promote the book.

On October 7, 2014, the finalists for the 2014 Governor General Literary Awards were announced on the Canada Council website. Below are the nominees for the children's literature awards for English and French texts and illustrations:

English Children’s Literature: Text 

Jonathan Auxier 
The Night Gardener 
(Penguin Canada)

Reviewed here

Lesley Choyce 
Jeremy Stone 
(Red Deer Press)

Reviewed here

Rachel and Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley 
(Inhabit Media Inc.)

Raziel Reid
When Everything Feels like the Movies 
(Arsenal Pulp Press)

Mariko Tamaki 
This One Summer 
(Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press)

Reviewed here

English Children’s Literature: Illustration 

Marie-Louise Gay
Any Questions?
(Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press)

Reviewed here

Qin Leng
Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin
Text by Chieri Uegaki
(Kids Can Press)

Renata Liwska
Once Upon a Memory
Text by Nina Laden
(Little, Brown and Company)

Julie Morstad
Julia, Child
Text by Kyo Maclear
(Tundra Books)

Reviewed here

Jillian Tamaki
This One Summer
Text by Mariko Tamaki
(Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press)

Reviewed here

French Children's Literature: Text 

Linda Amyot
Le jardin d'Amsterdam 
(Leméac Éditeur)

India Desjardins
Le Noël de Marguerite 
(Les Éditions de la Pastèque)

Patrick Isabelle
(Leméac Éditeur)

Jean-François Sénéchal
(Leméac Éditeur)

Mélanie Tellier
(Marchand de feuilles)

French Children's Literature: Illustration

Pascal Blanchet
Le Noël de Marguerite
Écrit par India Desjardins
(Les Éditions de la Pastèque)

Marianne Dubuc
Le lion et l'oiseau
(Les Éditions de la Pastèque)

Manon Gauthier
Grand-mère, elle et moi
Écrit par Yves Nadon
(Éditions Les 400 coups)

Isabelle Malenfant
Pablo trouve un trésor
Écrit par Andrée Poulin
(Éditions Les 400 coups)

Pierre Pratt
Écrit par Rémy Simard
(Les Éditions de la Pastèque)

The winners will be announced on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 

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