Kathleen Winter, Carol Off and Cherie Dimaline among 2017 Governor General's Literary Awards finalists

The $25,000 prizes are given in seven English-language categories: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, young people's literature — text, young people's literature — illustration, drama and translation.
Kathleen Winter, Carol Off and Cherie Dimaline are among the authors nominated for the 2017 Governor General's Literary Awards. (CBC/Cherie Dimaline)

Kathleen Winter, Carol Off and Cherie Dimaline are among the finalists for the 2017 Governor General's Literary Awards.

The prizes, administered by the Canada Council for the Arts, are given in seven English-language categories: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, young people's literature — text, young people's literature — illustration, drama and translation. Seven French-language awards are also given out in the same categories.

The winner in each category will receive $25,000. The winners will be announced on Nov. 1, 2017.

Winter is a finalist in the fiction category for Lost in September. The novel follows an ex-soldier from Montreal who bears a striking resemblance to General James Wolfe, "Conqueror of Canada" and "Hero of Quebec," who died on the Plains of Abraham in 1759. 

Off is a finalist in the nonfiction category for All We Leave Behind. The memoir, which tells Off's story about helping a family from Afghanistan come to Canada when their safety is threatened by warlords, is also a finalist for the Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction.

Dimaline is a finalist in the young people's literature — text category for The Marrow Thieves. The YA novel, which is set in a dystopian future where Indigenous people are hunted for their bone marrow, is also a finalist for the the $50,000 US Kirkus Prize.

You can see all the finalists in all seven categories below.

The Governor General's Literary Awards were created in 1937. Prominent past prize winners include Thomas King, Madeleine Thien, Michael Ondaatje, Alice Munro and Margaret Atwood.

The Canada Council for the Arts is a partner of the CBC Literary Prizes

Fiction | Nonfiction | PoetryYoung people's literature — text | Young people's literature — illustration | Translation | Drama

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