Lose yourself…find yourself in Great Canadian Books
It’s fall — the season of long commutes, sweater weather and book prizes. In other words, the perfect time to lose yourself — and find yourself — in the year’s best books.
On October 7th, the Canada Council for the Arts will announce the finalists of the 2014 Governor General’s Literary Awards. This list of 70 books (in English and French) brings together the year’s most powerful novels and poems, children’s books, translations, dramas and non-fiction.
The winners in each category will be announced on November 18th.
Past finalists and winners include Can lit stars such as Margaret Atwood, Joseph Boyden, Michael Ondaatje, Miriam Toews and more. Their books offer new ways of seeing ourselves and the world around us. They are at once portals to other worlds and touchpoints for our current realities.
The Governor General’s Literary Awards are funded and administered by the Canada Council. Each year it convenes juries of established writers and publishers from across the country, who read and rank over 1,000 nominated books in 14 categories in order to determine the finalists and winners of Canada’s most historic and prestigious literary prize.
Can lit conversations
The only thing better than reading a great book is talking about it and sharing it with others. There are many ways to continue the conversation through video interviews on the Canada Council website, Facebook and Twitter discussions, book signings at local Chapters Indigo stores and events at literary festivals across the country, to name a few.