Finalists for the 2014 Governor General’s Literary Awards Announced

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Ottawa, October 7, 2014 – The Canada Council for the Arts today announced the 2014 shortlist for the Governor General’s Literary Awards. The GGs are awarded in both official languages, in seven categories: fiction, poetry, drama, non-fiction, children’s literature (text and illustration) and translation. The finalists in the children’s literature categories are listed below.

“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.”

Downloadable images of the shortlisted books and additional information are available on the new interactive GG website. Follow the conversation on Twitter through @CanadaCouncil and by using the hashtag #GGbooks. Like the GGs on Facebook for all the latest updates.

The finalists for the Governor General’s Literary Awards are chosen by peer assessment committees, who consider all eligible books published between September 1, 2013 and September 30, 2014 for English-language books and between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014 for French-language books. This year, 966 titles in the English-language categories and 637 in the French-language categories were submitted.

Children’s Literature — English-language Text

Jonathan Auxier, (Pittsburgh, PA) – The Night Gardener (Penguin Canada)

Lesley Choyce, (East Laurencetown, NS) – Jeremy Stone (Red Deer Press)

Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsleyand Sean Qitsualik-TinsleySkraelings (Inhabit Media Inc.)

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

Mariko Tamaki, (Oakland, Calif.) – This One Summer (Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press)

JURY: Hiromi Goto, Jessica Scott Kerrin and Kevin Sylvester

Children’s Literature — English-language Text

Children’s Literature — English-language Illustration

Marie-Louise Gay, (Montreal) – Any Questions?, text by Marie-Louise Gay (Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press)

Qin Leng, (Toronto) – Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin, text by Chieri Uegaki (Kids Can Press)

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

Julie Morstad, (Vancouver) – Julia, Child, text by Kyo Maclear (Tundra Books)

Jillian Tamaki, (Brooklyn, N.Y.) – This One Summer, text by Mariko Tamaki (Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press)

JURY: Christina Leist, Ron Lightburn and Ange Zhang

Children’s Literature — English-language Illustrations

Children’s Literature – French-language Text

Linda Amyot, (St-Charles-Borromée, Que.) – Le jardin d’Amsterdam (Leméac Éditeur)

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

Patrick Isabelle, (Montreal) – Eux (Leméac Éditeur)

Jean-François Sénéchal, (Saint-Lambert, Que.) – Feu (Leméac Éditeur)

Mélanie Tellier, (Montreal) – Fiona (Marchand de feuilles)

JURY: Mario Brassard, Françoise Enguehard and Lucia Flores

Children’s Literature — Frenchlanguage Text

Children’s Literature – French-language Illustration

Pascal Blanchet, (Trois-Rivières, Que.) – Le Noël de Marguerite, text by India Desjardins (Les Éditions de la Pastèque)

Marianne Dubuc, (Montreal) – Le lion et l’oiseau, text by Marianne Dubuc (Les Éditions de la Pastèque)

Manon Gauthier, (Montreal) – Grand-mère, elle et moi…, text by Yves Nadon (Éditions Les 400 coups)

Isabelle Malenfant, (Montreal) – Pablo trouve un trésor, text by Andrée Poulin (Éditions Les 400 coups)

Pierre Pratt, (Montreal) – Gustave, text by Rémy Simard (Les Éditions de la Pastèque)

JURY: Steve Beshwaty, Sylvie Daigneault and Joanne Ouellet

Children’s Literature — French-language Illustrations

Governor General’s Literary Awards

The Canada Council for the Arts funds, administers and promotes the Governor General’s Literary Awards, Canada’s oldest and most prestigious literary awards program with a total value of $450,000. Each winner will receive $25,000. The publisher of each winning book will receive $3,000 to support promotional activities. Non-winning finalists each receive $1,000.

Winners’ announcement

The winners will be announced November 18 at 10am. Stay tuned to for the digital announcement of the GG winners.

Awards presentation at Rideau Hall

His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will present the 2014 GG Literary Awards on Wednesday, November 26 at 6 pm at Rideau Hall, in Ottawa. Media representatives wishing to cover the awards presentation should contact Julie Rocheleau at the Rideau Hall Press Office, 613-998-7280 or

Canada Council media contacts:

Mireille Allaire
(613) 566-4414 or 1-800-263-5588, ext. 4523
(613) 314-0352 (cell)

Heather McAfee
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(613) 218-0066 (cell)

To book interviews with authors, illustrators and translators:

Diane Hargrave Public Relations
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