Governor General's Literary Awards Shortlist 2022

October 12, 2022 | Book Buzz

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The Governor General's Literary Awards were created in 1936 by the country's 15th Governor General, John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir. Buchan was also an author best known for the adventure novel, The Thirty-Nine Steps.

The awards are presented in 14 categories – 7 in English and 7 in French. The winner in each category receives $25,000 and all finalists are awarded $1,000.

The following are the nominees in the five English Adult categories that you can borrow with your Toronto Public Library card.

The complete list of nominees can be found at Governor General's Literary Awards, including Young People's literature and French titles. You can also use the reading lists at the end of this post to borrow these titles through Toronto Public Library.

The winners will be announced on November 16, 2022. 


Everybody just c@lm the f#uck down

Everybody Just C@lm the F#ck Down by Robert Chafe

Inheritance a pick the path experience

Inheritance: A Pick-the-Path Experience by Daniel Arnold, Darrell Dennis and Medina Hahn

Iphigenia and the furies

Iphigenia and the Furies (On Tauran Land) & Antigone: 方 by Ho Ka Kei (Jeff Ho)

Lady sunrise

Lady Sunrise by Marjorie Chan

Piano teacher

The Piano Teacher: A Healing Key by Dorothy Dittrich


All the quiet places

All the Quiet Places by Brian Thomas Isaac

Finding edward

Finding Edward by Sheila Murray

Probably ruby

Probably Ruby by Lisa Bird-Wilson

Pure colour

Pure Colour by Sheila Heti

The most precious substance on earth

The Most Precious Substance on Earth by Shashi Bhat


Aki wayn zih

Aki-way-zih: A Person as Worthy as the Earth by Eli Baxter

All the frequent troubles of our days

All the Frequent Troubles of Our Days: The True Story of the American Woman at the Heart of German Resistance to Hitler by Rebecca Donner

Generation dread

Generation Dread: Finding Purpose in an Age of Climate Crisis by Britt Wray

Persephone's children

Persephone's Children: A Life in Fragments by Rowan McCandless

Rehearsals for living

Rehearsals for Living by Robyn Maynard and Leanne Betasamosake Simpson


Dream of no one but myself

Dream of No One But Myself by David Bradford

H of h playbook

H of H Playbook by Anne Carson

Horrible dance

Horrible Dance by Avery Lake

Shifting baseline syndrome

Shifting Baseline Syndrome by Aaron Kreuter

Title on order

Shadow Blight by Annick MacAskill is not currently available through Toronto Public Library. It will be added to the catalogue as soon as possible. 


In this category, the award is presented to the translator of the work.

History of the jews in quebec

History of the Jews in Quebec by Pierre Anctil, translated by Judith Weisz Woodsworth


Remnants by Céline Huyghebaert, translated by Aleshia Jensen

This is how i disappear

This is How I Disappear by Mirion Malle, translated by Aleshia Jensen and Bronwyn Haslam

White resin

White Resin by Audrée Wilhelmy, translated Susan Ouriou

Title on order

They Called Us Savages: A Hereditary Chief's Quest for Truth and Harmony by Dominique Rankin and Marie-Josée Tardif, translated by Ben Vrignon is not currently available through Toronto Public Library. It will be added to the catalogue as soon as possible.


Related links

If you'd like to borrow the nominated tiles in the Young People's literature and French categories through the library, check out the following reading lists:


Edited on October 12: added reference and links to reading lists.