2015 Governor General's Literary Awards Nominations Announced

The Canada Council for the Arts recently announced the nominees for the 2015 Governor General's Literary Awards. The GGs are Canada's national literary awards, celebrating the best in Canadian Literature and showcasing the rich diversity to be found there. The nominees are selected by a peer assessment committee for each category--fiction, non-fiction, poetry, drama, children's literature-text, children's literature-illustration, and translation in both official languages. With over 1600 titles submitted, the committees narrow it down to five nominees per category for the shortlist announcement.

We'd like to congratulate all our members and their authors who received nominations:

Biblioasis & Robyn Sarah for My Shoes Are Killing Me for the Poetry Award

Coach House Books & Rhonda Mullins for Twenty-One Cardinals (by Jocelyne Saucier) for the Translation (French to English) Award

Nightwood Editions & Kayla Czaga for For Your Safety Please Hold On for the Poetry Award

Pedlar Press & Kate Cayley for How You Were Born for the Fiction Award

Playwrights Canada Press received three Drama Award nominations ~ Beth Graham for The Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble, Tara Grammy & Tom Arthur Davis for Mahmoud, and David Yee for carried away on the crest of a wave

Running the Goat Books (agented by Brick Books) & Andy Jones and Darka Erdelji for Jack, the King of Ashes for the Children's Literature (Illustrated Books) Award

Talonbooks received two Drama Award nominations ~ Bryden MacDonald for Odd Ducks, and Marcus Youssef & James Long for Winners and Losers

Winners will be announced October 28th at 6:30 am EST on the GG Books website. A public reading and signing event will be held in Ottawa at the Canada Council on Dec 1st for the English-language winners, and on Dec 2nd for the French-language winners before the awards presentation at Rideau Hall. To view a full list of this year's nominees and to learn more about the awards, please visit the GGBooks website.