The prolific Thomas King, pictured above, has won numerous literary awards, including the RBC Taylor Prize. (Trina Koster)
Canadian literary stars Thomas King, Michael Crummey and the Tamaki cousins are among this year's finalists for the Governor General's Literary Awards.
The shortlisted authors were revealed Tuesday morning by the Canada Council for the Arts, which oversees the annual Canadian prize.
The GGs offer awards in seven different categories for both English and French-language authors, with category winners receiving $25,000 and the rest of finalists receiving $1,000. In all, nearly $450,000 in cash prizes are distributed each year by the GGs.
For a more detailed look at this year's English-language finalists, visit our GG Literary Awards coverage page. Here's a quick rundown:
- Any Questions?, illustrated byMarie-Louise Gay, text by Marie-Louise Gay (Groundwood Books)
- Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin, illustrated by Qin Leng, text by Chieri Uegaki (Kids Can Press)
- Once Upon a Memory, illustrated by Renata Liwska, text by Nina Laden (Little, Brown and Company)
- Julia, Child, illustrated by Julie Morstad, text by Kyo Maclear (Tundra Books)
- This One Summer, illustrated by Jillian Tamaki, text by Mariko Tamaki (Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press)
- Paul-Émile Borduas: A Critical Biography by Peter Feldstein, translation of Paul-Émile Borduas (1905-1960): Biographie critique et analyse de l'œuvre by François-Marc Gagnon (McGill-Queen's University Press)
- Wonder by Sheila Fischman, translation of Les larmes de saint Laurent by Dominique Fortie (McClelland & Stewart)
- Christina, The Girl King by Linda Gaboriau, translation of Christine, la reine-garçon by Michel Marc Bouchard (Talonbooks)
- And Slowly Beauty by Maureen Labonté, translation of Lentement la beauté by Michel Nadeau with Marie-Josée Bastien, Lorraine Côté, Hugues Frenette, Pierre-François Legendre, Véronika Makdissi-Warren, and Jack Robitaille (Publishers Group Canada)
- Guyana by Rhonda Mullins, translation of Guyana by Élise Turcotte (Coach House Books)
The winners will be announced on Nov. 18.
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