Governor General's Literary Awards

Book covers of the 2018 French finalists

Discover the 2018 Finalists

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Who will be this year’s winners? Find out on October 30.

The Canada Council for the Arts celebrates great books: our Governor General’s Literary Awards recognize finalists and winners in seven categories for both official languages and for readers of all ages.

2018 English Finalists 2018 French Finalists

Fiction

Beirut Hellfire Society by Rawi Hage

Beirut Hellfire Society

Rawi Hage

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

ISBN: 978-0-7352-7359-7

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Jonny Appleseed by Joshua Whitehead

Jonny Appleseed

Joshua Whitehead

Arsenal Pulp Press; distributed by University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 978-1-55152-725-3

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The Red Word by Sarah Henstra

The Red Word

Sarah Henstra

ECW Press; distributed by Jaguar Books Group

ISBN: 978-1-77041-424-2

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Women Talking by Miriam Toews

Women Talking

Miriam Toews

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

ISBN: 978-0-7352-7396-2

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Zolitude by Paige Cooper

Zolitude

Paige Cooper

Biblioasis; distributed by University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 978-1-77196-217-9

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De synthèse by Karoline Georges

De synthèse

Karoline Georges

Éditions Alto; distributed by Diffusion Dimedia

ISBN: 978-2-89694-349-4

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La bête creuse by Christophe Bernard

La bête creuse

Christophe Bernard

Le Quartanier; distributed by Diffusion Dimedia

ISBN: 978-2-89698-294-3

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Les noyades secondaires by Maxime Raymond Bock

Les noyades secondaires

Maxime Raymond Bock

Le Cheval d’août; distributed by Diffusion Dimedia

ISBN: 978-2-924491-22-5

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Manikanetish by Naomi Fontaine

Manikanetish

Naomi Fontaine

Mémoire d’encrier; distributed by Diffusion Dimedia

ISBN: 978-2-89712-489-2

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noms fictifs by Olivier Sylvestre

noms fictifs

Olivier Sylvestre

Hamac, a division of Les éditions du Septentrion; distributed by Diffusion Dimedia

ISBN: 978-2-89448-898-0

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PEER ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE

Andrea MacPherson

Shani Mootoo

Craig Francis Power

PEER ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE

Martine Batanian

Carole David

André Girard

Poetry

Because: A Lyric Memoir by Joshua Mensch

Because: A Lyric Memoir

Joshua Mensch

W.W. Norton & Company; distributed by Penguin Random House Canada

ISBN: 978-0-393-63522-5

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Night Became Years by Jason Stefanik

Night Became Years

Jason Stefanik

Coach House Books; distributed by PGC Books/Raincoast

ISBN: 978-1-55245-363-6

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The Blue Clerk by Dionne Brand

The Blue Clerk

Dionne Brand

McClelland & Stewart/Penguin Random House Canada; distributed by the publisher

ISBN: 978-0-7710-7081-5

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This Wound is a World by Billy-Ray Belcourt

This Wound is a World

Billy-Ray Belcourt

Frontenac House; distributed by Alpine Book Peddlers

ISBN: 978-1-927823-64-4

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Wayside Sang by Cecily Nicholson

Wayside Sang

Cecily Nicholson

Talonbooks; distributed by PGC Books/Raincoast

ISBN: 978-1-77201-182-1

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Cruauté du jeu by France Théoret

Cruauté du jeu

France Théoret

Écrits des Forges; distributed by Prologue

ISBN: 978-2-89645-348-1

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La dévoration des fées by Catherine Lalonde

La dévoration des fées

Catherine Lalonde

Le Quartanier; distributed by Diffusion Dimedia

ISBN: 978-2-89698-326-1

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La raison des fleurs by Michaël Trahan

La raison des fleurs

Michaël Trahan

Le Quartanier; distributed by Diffusion Dimedia

ISBN: 978-2-89698-359-9

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Le revers by Roxane Desjardins

Le revers

Roxane Desjardins

Les Herbes rouges; distributed by Diffusion Dimedia

ISBN: 978-2-89419-633-5

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Ne faites pas honte à votre siècle by Daria Colonna

Ne faites pas honte à votre siècle

Daria Colonna

Poètes de brousse; distributed by Diffusion Dimedia

ISBN: 978-2-924671-10-8

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PEER ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE

Garry Gottfriedson

Sachiko Murakami

Patrick Warner

PEER ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE

Jean-Marc Desgent

Lise Gaboury-Diallo

Marie-Andrée Gill

Drama

Botticelli in the Fire & Sunday in Sodom by Jordan Tannahill

Botticelli in the Fire & Sunday in Sodom

Jordan Tannahill

Playwrights Canada Press; distributed by University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 978-1-77091-917-4

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

Gertrude and Alice

Anna Chatterton and Evalyn Parry with Karin Randoja

Playwrights Canada Press; distributed by University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 978-1-77091-880-1

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Paradise Lost by Erin Shields

Paradise Lost

Erin Shields

Playwrights Canada Press; distributed by University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 978-1-77091-933-4

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The Men in White by Anosh Irani

The Men in White

Anosh Irani

House of Anansi Press; distributed by University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 978-1-4870-0473-6

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This Is How We Got Here by Keith Barker

This Is How We Got Here

Keith Barker

Playwrights Canada Press; distributed by University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 978-1-77091-822-1

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Enfant insignifiant! by Michel Tremblay

Enfant insignifiant!

Michel Tremblay

Leméac Éditeur; distributed by Socadis

ISBN: 978-2-7609-0459-0

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Invisibles by Guillaume Lapierre-Desnoyers

Invisibles

Guillaume Lapierre-Desnoyers

L’instant même; distributed by Diffusion Dimedia

ISBN: 978-2-89502-407-1

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J’aime Hydro by Christine Beaulieu

J’aime Hydro

Christine Beaulieu

Atelier 10; distributed by Flammarion/Socadis

ISBN: 978-2-89759-271-4

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Os : la montagne blanche by Steve Gagnon

Os : la montagne blanche

Steve Gagnon

L’instant même; distributed by Diffusion Dimedia

ISBN: 978-2-89502-402-6

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Venir au monde by Anne-Marie Olivier

Venir au monde

Anne-Marie Olivier

Atelier 10; distributed by Flammarion/Socadis

ISBN: 978-2-89759-303-2

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PEER ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE

Rosa Laborde

Ian Ross

Kent Stetson, C.M.

PEER ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE

Nathalie Boisvert

Herménégilde Chiasson

Dave Jenniss

Non-fiction

Dead Reckoning by Carys Cragg

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

Carys Cragg

Arsenal Pulp Press; distributed by University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 978-1-55152-697-3

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Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot

Heart Berries

Terese Marie Mailhot

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

ISBN: 978-0-385-69114-7

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Homes: A Refugee Story by Abu Bakr al Rabeeah with Winnie Yeung

Homes: A Refugee Story

Abu Bakr al Rabeeah with Winnie Yeung

Freehand Books; distributed by LitDistCo

ISBN: 978-1-988298-28-3

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

Mamaskatch: A Cree Coming of Age

Darrel J. McLeod

Douglas & McIntyre; distributed by University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 978-1-77162-200-4

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The Wife’s Tale by Aida Edemariam

The Wife’s Tale: A Personal History

Aida Edemariam

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

ISBN: 978-0-307-36171-4

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Avant l’après by Frédérick Lavoie

Avant l’après : voyages à Cuba avec George Orwell

Frédérick Lavoie

La Peuplade; distributed by Diffusion Dimedia

ISBN: 978-2-924519-75-2

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Histoire des Juifs du Québec by Pierre Anctil

Histoire des Juifs du Québec

Pierre Anctil

Les Éditions du Boréal; distributed by Diffusion Dimedia

ISBN: 978-2-7646-2511-8

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Le piège de la liberté by Denys Delâge and Jean-Philippe Warren

Le piège de la liberté : les peuples autochtones dans l’engrenage des régimes coloniaux

Denys Delâge and Jean-Philippe Warren

Les Éditions du Boréal; distributed by Diffusion Dimedia

ISBN: 978-2-7646-2498-2

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Les chants du mime by Gabrielle Giasson-Dulude

Les chants du mime : en compagnie d’Étienne Decroux

Gabrielle Giasson-Dulude

Éditions du Noroît; distributed by Diffusion Dimedia

ISBN: 978-2-89766-115-1

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Mégantic by Anne-Marie Saint-Cerny

Mégantic : une tragédie annoncée

Anne-Marie Saint-Cerny

Les Éditions Écosociété; distributed by Diffusion Dimedia

ISBN: 978-2-89719-422-2

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PEER ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE

Ted Bishop

Leslie Shimotakahara

Merrily Weisbord

PEER ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE

Ralph Elawani

Lucie Hotte

Jean-Jacques Pelletier

Young People's Literature – Text

Ebb & Flow by Heather Smith

Ebb & Flow

Heather Smith

Kids Can Press; distributed by Hachette

ISBN: 978-1-77138-838-2

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Learning to Breathe by Janice Lynn Mather

Learning to Breathe

Janice Lynn Mather

Simon & Schuster; distributed by the publisher

ISBN: 978-1-5344-0601-8

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Sweep by Jonathan Auxier

Sweep: The Story of a Girl and her Monster

Jonathan Auxier

Puffin Canada/Penguin Random House Canada Young Readers; distributed by the publisher

ISBN: 978-0-7352-6435-9

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The Journey of Little Charlie by Christopher Paul Curtis

The Journey of Little Charlie

Christopher Paul Curtis

Scholastic Canada; distributed by the publisher

ISBN: 978-1-4431-4263-2

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Winnie’s Great War by Lindsay Mattick and Josh Greenhut

Winnie’s Great War

Lindsay Mattick and Josh Greenhut

HarperCollins Publishers; distributed by the publisher

ISBN: 978-1-4434-5698-2

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13 000 ans et des poussières by Camille Bouchard

13 000 ans et des poussières

Camille Bouchard

Soulières éditeur; distributed by Messageries ADP

ISBN: 978-2-89607-395-5

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Ferdinand F. by Mario Brassard

Ferdinand F., 81 ans, chenille

Mario Brassard

Soulières éditeur; distributed by Messageries ADP

ISBN: 978-2-89607-413-6

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Les Marées by Brigitte Vaillancourt

Les Marées

Brigitte Vaillancourt

Les Éditions du Boréal; distributed by Diffusion Dimedia

ISBN: 978-2-7646-2507-1

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Maman veut partir by Jonathan Bécotte

Maman veut partir

Jonathan Bécotte

Leméac Éditeur; distributed by Socadis

ISBN: 978-2-7609-4231-8

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Un dernier songe avant le grand sommeil by Jocelyn Boisvert

Un dernier songe avant le grand sommeil

Jocelyn Boisvert

Soulières éditeur; distributed by Messageries ADP

ISBN: 978-2-89607-415-0

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PEER ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE

Shelley Hrdlitschka

Philip Roy

Sarah Tsiang

PEER ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE

Simon Boulerice

Michèle Laframboise

Hada López

Young People's Literature – Illustrated Books

Africville by Shauntay Grant and Eva Campbell

Africville

Shauntay Grant and Eva Campbell

Groundwood Books; distributed by University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 978-1-77306-043-9

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At the Pond by Werner Zimmermann

At the Pond

Werner Zimmermann

North Winds Press, an imprint of Scholastic Canada; distributed by the publisher

ISBN: 978-1-4431-4287-8

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Go Show the World by Wab Kinew and Joe Morse

Go Show the World: A Celebration of Indigenous Heroes

Wab Kinew and Joe Morse

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

ISBN: 978-0-7352-6292-8

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Ocean Meets Sky by The Fan Brothers

Ocean Meets Sky

The Fan Brothers

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; distributed by the publisher

ISBN: 978-1-4814-7037-7

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They Say Blue by Jillian Tamaki

They Say Blue

Jillian Tamaki

Groundwood Books; distributed by University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 978-1-77306-020-0

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Jules et Jim : frères d’armes by Jacques Goldstyn

Jules et Jim : frères d’armes

Jacques Goldstyn

Bayard Canada; distributed by Hachette Canada

ISBN: 978-2-89770-187-1

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Le chemin de la montagne by Marianne Dubuc

Le chemin de la montagne

Marianne Dubuc

Comme des géants; distributed by Diffusion Dimedia

ISBN: 978-2-924332-40-5

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Les mots d’Eunice by Gabriella Gendreau and Nahid Kazemi

Les mots d’Eunice

Gabriella Gendreau and Nahid Kazemi

Éditions de l’Isatis; distributed by Diffusion Dimedia

ISBN: 978-2-924769-08-9

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Lili Macaroni : je suis comme je suis! by Nicole Testa and Annie Boulanger

Lili Macaroni : je suis comme je suis!

Nicole Testa and Annie Boulanger

Dominique et compagnie; distributed by Socadis

ISBN: 978-2-89739-767-8

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Une histoire de cancer qui finit bien by Marianne Ferrer and India Desjardins

Une histoire de cancer qui finit bien

Marianne Ferrer and India Desjardins

Les Éditions de la Pastèque; distributed by Socadis

ISBN: 978-2-89777-025-9

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PEER ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE

Adwoa Badoe

Renata Liwska

Hugh MacDonald

PEER ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE

Oussama Mezher

Paul Roux

Danielle Simard

Translation

Descent into Night translated by Phyllis Aronoff and Howard Scott

Descent into Night

Translated by Phyllis Aronoff and Howard Scott

Mawenzi House Publishers; distributed by University of Toronto Press; translation of Explication de la nuit by Edem Awumey, published by Les Éditions du Boréal

ISBN: 978-1-988449-16-6

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Explosions translated by Aleshia Jensen

Explosions: Michael Bay and the Pyrotechnics of the Imagination

Translated by Aleshia Jensen

QC Fiction, an imprint of Baraka Books; distributed by IPG; translation of Des explosions by Mathieu Poulin, published by Les Éditions de Ta Mère

ISBN: 978-1-77186-151-9

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Jacob Isaac Segal by Vivian Felsen

Jacob Isaac Segal: A Montreal Yiddish Poet and His Milieu

Translated by Vivian Felsen

University of Ottawa Press; distributed by University of Toronto Press; translation of Jacob-Isaac Segal (1896-1954) : un poète yiddish de Montréal et son milieu by Pierre Anctil, published by Les Presses de l’Université Laval

ISBN: 978-0-7766-2571-3

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Little Beast by Rhonda Mullins

Little Beast

Translated by Rhonda Mullins

Coach House Books; distributed by PGC Books/Raincoast; translation of Barbe by Julie Demers, published by Héliotrope

ISBN: 978-1-55245-366-7

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Songs for the Cold of Heart translated by Peter McCambridge

Songs for the Cold of Heart

Translated by Peter McCambridge

QC Fiction, an imprint of Baraka Books; distributed by IPG; translation of La fiancée américaine by Eric Dupont, published by Marchand de feuilles

ISBN: 978-1-77186-147-2

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De l’utilité de l’ennui : textes de balle translated by Daniel Grenier and William S. Messier

De l’utilité de l’ennui : textes de balle

Translated by Daniel Grenier and William S. Messier

Les Éditions de Ta Mère; distributed by Diffusion Dimedia; translation of The Utility of Boredom: Baseball Essays by Andrew Forbes, published by Invisible Publishing

ISBN: 978-2-924670-23-1

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Le Monde selon Barney translated by Lori Saint-Martin and Paul Gagné

Le Monde selon Barney

Translated by Lori Saint-Martin and Paul Gagné

Les Éditions du Boréal; distributed by Diffusion Dimedia; translation of Barney’s Version by Mordecai Richler, published by Knopf Canada

ISBN: 978-2-7646-2503-3

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Le saint patron des merveilles translated by Catherine Leroux

Le saint patron des merveilles

Translated by Catherine Leroux

Éditions Alto; distributed by Diffusion Dimedia; translation of Fabrizio’s Return by Mark Frutkin, published by Vintage Canada

ISBN: 978-2-89694-306-7

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Naissances translated by Laurence Gough

Naissances

Translated by Laurence Gough

Marchand de feuilles; distributed by Socadis; translation of How You Were Born by Kate Cayley, published by Pedlar Press

ISBN: 978-2-923896-82-3

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Sweetland translated by Éric Fontaine

Sweetland

Translated by Éric Fontaine

Leméac Éditeur; distributed by Socadis; translation of Sweetland by Michael Crummey, published by Doubleday Canada

ISBN: 978-2-7609-4742-9

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PEER ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE

Dawn M. Cornelio

Peter Feldstein

Kathryn Gabinet-Kroo

PEER ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE

Christophe Bernard

Rose Després

Geneviève Letarte

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