This morning the Canada Council for the Arts threw a little party to announce the finalists for this year’s Governor General’s Literary Awards finalists. The literati and assorted hangers-on crowded into Ben McNally Books on Bay Street in Toronto to hear the announcement, and I stopped by to see the festivities (I think I qualify as a hanger-on at best).
Seventy finalists announced in all, and you can see the full list of English and French finalists on the Canada Council website. The big categories, that everyone was clearly there to see, were the English-language Fiction and Non-fiction finalists. They are:
So as you can see, plenty of familiar names. Judging from the buzz in the room, it didn’t seem like there were too many surprises on the list, although an approving murmur went around the room at the mention of James Orbinski’s name.
So that’s that: 70 new books to add to your reading list (don’t worry, about half of them are children’s books so they’ll be quick reads). The winners will be announced on November 18.