2018 Governor General's Literary Award Shortlist

October 3, 2018 | Book Buzz

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The Governor General's Literary Awards were launched in 1936 by Governor General Lord Tweedsmuir, also known as John Buchan, author of The Thirty-Nine Steps. Finalists for the awards were announced on October 3, 2018. 

The awards are given in 14 categories, for both adults and children and in both official languages. The full list of nominees is available on the official website.

These are the finalists in the Adult English categories:


Botticelli in the fire and sunday in sodom

Botticelli in the Fire & Sunday in Sodom by Jordan Tannahill

Gertrude and alice

Gertrude and Alice by Anna Chatterton and Evalyn Parry in collaboration with Karin Randoja

The men in white

The Men in White by Anosh Irani

Paradise lost

Paradise Lost by Erin Shields

This is how we got here

This is How We Got Here by Kevin Barker


Beirut hellfire

Beirut Hellfire Society by Rawi Hage

Jonny appleseed

Jonny Appleseed by Joshua Whitehead

The red word

The Red Word by Sarah Henstra

Women talking

Women Talking by Miriam Toews


Zolitude: Stories by Paige Cooper


Dead reckoning

Dead Reckoning: How I Came to Meet the Man Who Murdered My Father by Carys Cragg


Heart Berries: a Memoir by Terese Marie Mailhot

Homes a refugee story

Homes: a Refugee Story by Abu Bakr al Rabeeah


Mamaskatch: a Cree Coming of Age by Darrel J. McLeod

Wife's tale

The Wife's Tale: a Personal History by Aida Edamariam


Because a lyric memoir

Because: a Lyric Memoir by Joshua Mensch

Blue clerk

The Blue Clerk by Dionne Brand

Night became years

Night Became Years by Jason Stefanik

This wound is a world

This Wound is a World by Billy-Ray Belcourt

Wayside sang

Wayside Sang by Cecily Nicholson

Translation (French to English)

Descent into night

Descent into Night by Edem Awumey, translated from the French by Phyllis Aronoff and Howard Scott

Jacob isaac segal

Jacob-Isaac Segal (1896-1954): a Montreal Yiddish Poet and His Milieu by Pierre Antcill, translated from the French by Vivian Felsen


 Michael Bay and the Pyrotechnics of the Imagination by Michael Bay written by Mathieu Poulin, translated from the French by Aleshia Jensen


Songs for the cold of heart

Songs for the Cold of Heart by Eric Dupont, translated from the French by Peter McCambridge


The winners will be announced on October 30, 2018.