Governor General's Literary Awards

Book covers of the 2017 English finalists

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The Governor General’s Literary Awards recognize great Canadian books. The 14 winners in 2 official languages and 7 categories reflect Canada’s rich diversity. Join us as we celebrate our country’s best books.

Don’t miss the winners announcement on November 1

2017 English Finalists 2017 French Finalists

Fiction

All the Beloved Ghosts

All the Beloved Ghosts

Alison MacLeod

Penguin Canada / Penguin Random House Canada; distributed by the publisher

ISBN: 978-0-7352-3376-8

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Lost in September

Lost in September

Kathleen Winter

Alfred A. Knopf Canada / Penguin Random House Canada; distributed by the publisher

ISBN: 978-0-345-81012-0

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The Water Beetles

The Water Beetles

Michael Kaan

Goose Lane Editions; distributed by University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 978-0-86492-966-2

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Uncertain Weights and Measures

Uncertain Weights and Measures

Jocelyn Parr

Goose Lane Editions; distributed by University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 978-0-86492-982-2

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We'll All Be Burnt in Our Beds Some Night

We'll All Be Burnt in Our Beds Some Night

Joel Thomas Hynes

HarperCollins Publishers; distributed by the publisher

ISBN: 978-1-44344-783-6

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117 Nord

117 Nord

Virginie Blanchette-Doucet

Les Éditions du Boréal; distributed by Diffusion Dimedia

ISBN: 978-2-7646-2441-8

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Le Palais de la fatigue

Le Palais de la fatigue

Michael Delisle

Les Éditions du Boréal; distributed by Diffusion Dimedia

ISBN: 978-2-7646-2468-5

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Le plongeur

Le plongeur

Stéphane Larue

Le Quartanier; distributed by Diffusion Dimedia

ISBN: 978-2-89698-272-1

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Le poids de la neige

Le poids de la neige

Christian Guay-Poliquin

La Peuplade; distributed by Diffusion Dimedia

ISBN: 978-2-924519-29-5

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L'imparfaite amitié

L'imparfaite amitié

Mylène Bouchard

La Peuplade; distributed by Diffusion Dimedia

ISBN: 978-2-924519-39-4

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PEER ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE

Darren Greer

Robert Hough

Padma Viswanathan

PEER ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE

Julie Hétu

Monia Mazigh

Yvon Paré

Poetry

All the Names Between

All the Names Between

Julia McCarthy

Brick Books; distributed by LitDistCo

ISBN: 978-1-77131-457-2

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On Not Losing My Father's Ashes in the Flood

On Not Losing My Father's Ashes in the Flood

Richard Harrison

Buckrider Books / Wolsak and Wynn Publishers; distributed by University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 978-1-928088-22-6

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Selah

Selah

Nora Gould

Brick Books; distributed by LitDistCo

ISBN: 978-1-77131-445-9

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Slow War

Slow War

Benjamin Hertwig

McGill-Queen's University Press; distributed by Georgetown Terminal Warehouse

ISBN: 978-0-7735-5142-8

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What the Soul Doesn't Want

What the Soul Doesn't Want

Lorna Crozier

Freehand Books; distributed by LitDistCo

ISBN: 978-1-988298-12-2

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Bec-de-lièvre

Bec-de-lièvre

Annie Lafleur

Le Quartanier; distributed by Diffusion Dimedia

ISBN: 978-2-89698-284-4

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La main hantée

La main hantée

Louise Dupré

Éditions du Noroît; distributed by Diffusion Dimedia

ISBN: 978-2-89766-026-0

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L'isle Haute en marge de Grand-Pré

L'isle Haute en marge de Grand-Pré

Serge Patrice Thibodeau

Éditions Perce-Neige; distributed by Diffusion Dimedia

ISBN: 978-2-89691-003-8

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Pas de tombeau pour les lieux

Pas de tombeau pour les lieux

Judy Quinn

Éditions du Noroît; distributed by Diffusion Dimedia

ISBN: 978-2-89766-076-8

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Strange Fruits

Strange Fruits

Jean-Marc Desgent

Poètes de brousse; distributed by Diffusion Dimedia

ISBN: 978-2-924671-05-4

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PEER ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE

Nina Berkhout

Evelyn Lau

Douglas Burnet Smith

PEER ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE

Valérie Forgues

Hélène Harbec

Lenous Suprice

Drama

1979

1979

Michael Healey

Playwrights Canada Press; distributed by University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 978-1-77091-750-7

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Indian Arm

Indian Arm

Hiro Kanagawa

Playwrights Canada Press; distributed by University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 978-1-77091-572-5

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The Colony of Unrequited Dreams

The Colony of Unrequited Dreams

Robert Chafe

Playwrights Canada Press; distributed by University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 978-1-77091-576-3

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The Virgin Trial

The Virgin Trial

Kate Hennig

Playwrights Canada Press; distributed by University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 978-1-77091-770-5

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Within the Glass

Within the Glass

Anna Chatterton

Scirocco Drama / J. Gordon Shillingford Publishing; distributed by University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 978-1-927922-32-3

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Antigone au printemps

Antigone au printemps

Nathalie Boisvert

Leméac Éditeur; distributed by Socadis

ISBN: 978-2-7609-0458-3

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Dimanche napalm

Dimanche napalm

Sébastien David

Leméac Éditeur; distributed by Socadis

ISBN: 978-2-7609-0455-2

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Exercice de l'oubli

Exercice de l'oubli

Emma Haché

Lansman Editeur; distributed by Diffusion Dimedia

ISBN: 978-2-8071-0120-3

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Norge

Norge

Kevin McCoy

L'instant même; distributed by Diffusion Dimedia

ISBN: 978-2-89502-385-2

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Trois petites sœurs

Trois petites sœurs

Suzanne Lebeau

Leméac Éditeur; distributed by Socadis

ISBN: 978-2-7609-0452-1

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PEER ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE

Alanis King

Bruce McManus

Erin Shields

PEER ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE

Marcelo Arroyo

Robert Claing

Dominique Lafon

Non-fiction

All We Leave Behind: A Reporter's Journey into the Lives of Others

All We Leave Behind: A Reporter's Journey into the Lives of Others

Carol Off

Random House Canada / Penguin Random House Canada; distributed by the publisher

ISBN: 978-0-345-81683-2

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The Handover: How Bigwigs and Bureaucrats Transferred Canada's Best Publisher and the Best Part of our Literary Heritage to a Foreign Multinational

The Handover: How Bigwigs and Bureaucrats Transferred Canada's Best Publisher and the Best Part of our Literary Heritage to a Foreign Multinational

Elaine Dewar

Biblioasis; distributed by University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 978-1-77196-111-0

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The Way of the Strangers: Encounters with the Islamic State

The Way of the Strangers: Encounters with the Islamic State

Graeme Wood

Random House / Penguin Random House; distributed by Penguin Random House Canada

ISBN: 978-0-8129-8875-8

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Where I Live Now: A Journey through Love and Loss to Healing and Hope

Where I Live Now: A Journey through Love and Loss to Healing and Hope

Sharon Butala

Simon and Schuster Canada; distributed by the publisher

ISBN: 978-1-4767-9048-0

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Where It Hurts

Where It Hurts

Sarah de Leeuw

NeWest Press; distributed by LitDistCo

ISBN: 978-1-926455-84-6

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Je sais trop bien ne pas exister

Je sais trop bien ne pas exister

Nicolas Lévesque

Varia / Groupe Nota bene; distributed by Gallimard-Socadis

ISBN: 978-2-89606-069-6

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La solitude de l'écrivain de fond

La solitude de l'écrivain de fond

Daniel Grenier

Le Quartanier; distributed by Diffusion Dimedia

ISBN: 978-2-89698-303-2

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Les Yeux tristes de mon camion

Les Yeux tristes de mon camion

Serge Bouchard

Les Éditions du Boréal; distributed by Diffusion Dimedia

ISBN: 978-2-7646-2465-4

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Propositions de clarté

Propositions de clarté

Benoît Côté

Éditions Nota bene; distributed by Gallimard-Socadis

ISBN: 978-2-89518-539-0

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Soigner, aimer

Soigner, aimer

Ouanessa Younsi

Mémoire d'encrier; distributed by Diffusion Dimedia

ISBN: 978-2-89712-396-3

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PEER ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE

Elaine Kalman Naves

JJ Lee

Ray Robertson

PEER ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE

Maxime Catellier

Jean Morency

Claire Varin

Young People's Literature – Text

Everything Beautiful is Not Ruined

Everything Beautiful is Not Ruined

Danielle Younge-Ullman

Razorbill / Penguin Canada Books; distributed by Penguin Random House Canada

ISBN: 978-0-670-07013-8

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Hit the Ground Running

Hit the Ground Running

Alison Hughes

Orca Book Publishers; distributed by the publisher

ISBN: 978-1-4598-1544-5

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The Marrow Thieves

The Marrow Thieves

Cherie Dimaline

Dancing Cat Books / Cormorant Books; distributed by University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 978-1-77086-486-3

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The Way Back Home

The Way Back Home

Allan Stratton

Scholastic Canada; distributed by the publisher

ISBN: 978-1-4431-4838-2

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Those Who Run in the Sky

Those Who Run in the Sky

Aviaq Johnston

Inhabit Media; distributed by Fitzhenry & Whiteside

ISBN: 978-1-77227-121-8

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Chroniques post-apocalyptiques d'une enfant sage

Chroniques post-apocalyptiques d'une enfant sage

Annie Bacon

Bayard Canada; distributed by Hachette

ISBN: 978-2-89770-013-3

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L'élixir du baron Von Rezine

L'élixir du baron Von Rezine

K. Lambert

Éditions Pierre Tisseyre; distributed by Prologue

ISBN: 978-2-89633-354-7

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Les moustiques

Les moustiques

Jocelyn Boisvert

Soulières éditeur; distributed by Messageries ADP

ISBN: 978-2-89607-388-7

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L'importance de Mathilde Poisson

L'importance de Mathilde Poisson

Véronique Drouin

Bayard Canada; distributed by Hachette

ISBN: 978-2-89770-037-9

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Moi qui marche à tâtons dans ma jeunesse noire

Moi qui marche à tâtons dans ma jeunesse noire

Roxane Desjardins

Les Herbes rouges; distributed by Diffusion Dimedia

ISBN: 978-2-89419-569-7

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PEER ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE

Cheryl Foggo

Alma Fullerton

Kevin Major

PEER ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE

Sandra Dussault

Micheline Marchand

Sylvain Meunier

Young People's Literature – Illustrated Books

Short Stories for Little Monsters

Short Stories for Little Monsters

Marie-Louise Gay

Groundwood Books; distributed by University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 978-1-55498-896-9

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The Tragic Tale of the Great Auk

The Tragic Tale of the Great Auk

Jan Thornhill

Groundwood Books; distributed by University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 978-1-55498-865-5

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Town Is by the Sea

Town Is by the Sea

Joanne Schwartz and Sydney Smith

Groundwood Books; distributed by University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 978-1-55498-871-6

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When the Moon Comes

When the Moon Comes

Paul Harbridge and Matt James

Tundra Books / Penguin Random House Canada; distributed by the publisher

ISBN: 978-1-101-91777-0

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When We Were Alone

When We Were Alone

David Alexander Robertson and Julie Flett

HighWater Press; distributed by Portage & Main Press

ISBN: 978-1-55379-673-2

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Azadah

Azadah

Jacques Goldstyn

Les Éditions de la Pastèque; distributed by Socadis

ISBN: 978-2-923841-96-0

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En voiture! L'Amérique en chemin de fer

En voiture! L'Amérique en chemin de fer

Pascal Blanchet

Les Éditions de la Pastèque; distributed by Socadis

ISBN: 978-2-89777-007-5

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Fred Petitchatminou

Fred Petitchatminou

Christiane Duchesne and Marion Arbona

Les Éditions de la Bagnole; distributed by Messageries ADP

ISBN: 978-2-89714-131-8

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La légende de Carcajou

La légende de Carcajou

Renée Robitaille and Slavka Kolesar

Planète rebelle; distributed by Diffusion Dimedia

ISBN: 978-2-924174-81-4

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Louis parmi les spectres

Louis parmi les spectres

Fanny Britt and Isabelle Arsenault

Les Éditions de la Pastèque; distributed by Socadis

ISBN: 978-2-89777-000-6

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PEER ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE

Danielle Daniel

Robert Heidbreder

Brenda Jones

PEER ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE

Édith Bourget

Anne-Claire Delisle

Yayo

Translation

Brothers

Brothers

Translated by Katia Grubisic

QC Fiction / Baraka Books; distributed by Independent Publishers Group; translation of Frères by David Clerson, published by Les Éditions Héliotrope

ISBN: 978-1-77186-086-4

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In Search of New Babylon

In Search of New Babylon

Translated by W. Donald Wilson

Talonbooks; distributed by Publishers Group Canada; translation of À la recherche de New Babylon by Dominique Scali, published by La Peuplade

ISBN: 978-1-77201-124-1

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Readopolis

Readopolis

Translated by Oana Avasilichioaei

BookThug; distributed by LitDistCo; translation of Lectodôme by Bertrand Laverdure, published by Le Quartanier

ISBN: 978-1-77166-298-7

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Social Myths and Collective Imaginaries

Social Myths and Collective Imaginaries

Translated by Howard Scott

University of Toronto Press; distributed by the publisher; translation of Raison et déraison du mythe by Gérard Bouchard, published by Les Éditions du Boréal

ISBN: 978-1-4426-2907-3

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The Longest Year

The Longest Year

Translated by Pablo Strauss

House of Anansi Press; distributed by University of Toronto Press; translation of L'année la plus longue by Daniel Grenier, published by Le Quartanier

ISBN: 978-1-4870-0153-7

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La disparition d'Heinrich Schlögel

La disparition d'Heinrich Schlögel

Translated by Paule Noyart

Leméac Éditeur; distributed by Socadis; translation of The Search for Heinrich Schlögel by Martha Baillie, Pedlar Press

ISBN: 978-2-7609-4722-1

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Le Sans-papiers

Le Sans-papiers

Translated by Carole Noël and Marianne Noël-Allen

Éditions de la Pleine Lune; distributed by Diffusion Dimedia; translation of The Illegal by Lawrence Hill, HarperCollins Publishers

ISBN: 978-2-89024-462-7

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Le sous-majordome

Le sous-majordome

Translated by Sophie Voillot

Éditions Alto; distributed by Diffusion Dimedia; translation of Undermajordomo Minor by Patrick deWitt, House of Anansi Press

ISBN: 978-2-89694-232-9

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Premières lueurs : mon combat contre le trouble de stress post-traumatique

Premières lueurs : mon combat contre le trouble de stress post-traumatique

Translated by Lori Saint-Martin and Paul Gagné

Les Éditions Libre Expression; distributed by Messageries ADP; translation of Waiting for First Light: My Ongoing Battle with PTSD by Roméo Dallaire with Jessica Dee Humphreys, Random House Canada

ISBN: 978-2-7648-0891-7

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Un barbare en Chine nouvelle

Un barbare en Chine nouvelle

Translated by Daniel Poliquin

Les Éditions du Boréal; distributed by Diffusion Dimedia; translation of Barbarian Lost: Travels in the New China by Alexandre Trudeau, HarperCollins Publishers

ISBN: 978-2-7646-2445-6

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PEER ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE

Robert Majzels

Jessica Moore

Glen Nichols

PEER ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE

Jude Des Chênes

Louise Ladouceur

Robert Paquin

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