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Jury Statement

In Martine Leavitt’s Calvin, a boy newly diagnosed with schizophrenia makes a pilgrimage across a frozen Lake Erie. Told in spare, beautiful prose, this transcendent exploration of reality and truth is funny, frightening and affirming. Calvin is an astonishing achievement.



By Martine Leavitt

  • Book Details
  • Published by Groundwood Books / House of Anansi Press; distributed by University of Toronto Press
  • ISBN: 978-1-55498-720-7
Martine Leavitt

Martine Leavitt

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Who is Martine Leavitt?

Martine Leavitt wins her first Governor General’s Literary Award in 2016 for Calvin. She is the author of 10 novels for young readers, including My Book of Life by Angel (2012), which was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and winner of the CLA Young Adult Book of the Year. Other titles include Keturah and Lord Death (2006), finalist for the National Book Award; Tom Finder (2003), winner of the Mr. Christie's Book Award; and Heck Superhero (2004), a GG Books finalist. Her novels have been published in Japan, Korea, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and the Netherlands. Martine Leavitt is from High River, Alberta and teaches creative writing at Vermont College of Fine Arts.