Canada Council for the Arts

Canada Council for the Arts

October 17, 2005 11:00 ET

The Canada Council for the Arts Announces Finalists for the 2005 Governor General's Literary Awards

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 17, 2005) - The Canada Council for the Arts announced today the names of the finalists for the 2005 Governor General's Literary Awards, in English and in French, in the categories of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, children's literature (text and illustration) and translation.

A total of 69 books have been nominated for this year's awards; 42 of the shortlisted writers, translators or illustrators are finalists for the first time. There were several multiple finalists in the translation category: Lori Saint-Martin and Paul Gagne received three nominations for English to French translation and Fred A. Reed was nominated twice for French to English translation.

The Canada Council for the Arts funds, administers and promotes the Governor General's Literary Awards, worth $15,000 each. Each winner will also receive a specially-crafted copy of the winning book bound by Montreal bookbinder Lise Dubois. The publisher of each winning book will receive $3,000 to support promotional activities. Non-winning finalists will each receive $1,000 in recognition of their selection as finalists, bringing the total value of the awards to more than $300,000.

BMO Financial Group has been the sponsor of the Governor General's Literary Awards since 1988. BMO's generous contribution has allowed, among other things, the production of material aimed at promoting the finalists and winners in bookstores, schools, libraries and at public events across Canada.



English-language finalists
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Fiction
Joseph Boyden, New Orleans (LA) / ON, for Three Day Road (Viking
Canada, an imprint of Penguin Group (Canada))
Golda Fried, Greensboro (NC), (formerly of Toronto), for Nellcott
Is My Darling (Coach House Books)
Charlotte Gill, Vancouver, for Ladykiller (Thomas Allen Publishers,
a division of Thomas Allen & Son)
David Gilmour, Toronto, for A Perfect Night to Go to China
(Thomas Allen Publishers, a division of Thomas Allen & Son)
Kathy Page, Salt Spring Island (BC), for Alphabet (McArthur &
Company / Weidenfeld & Nicholson, an imprint of Orion
Publishing Group)

Poetry
Anne Compton, Rothesay (NB), for Processional (Fitzhenry & Whiteside)
Barry Dempster, Holland Landing (ON), for The Burning Alphabet
(Brick Books)
Erin Moure, Montreal, for Little theatres (House of Anansi Press)
W.H. New, Vancouver, for Underwood Log (Oolichan Books)
Olive Senior, Toronto, for Over the Roofs of the World
(Insomniac Press)

Drama
Marjorie Chan, Toronto, for China Doll (Scirocco Drama, an imprint
of J. Gordon Shillingford Publishing)
Don Druick, Elmira (ON), for Through the Eyes (DC Books)
Daniel MacIvor, Toronto, for Cul-de-sac (Talonbooks)
John Mighton, Toronto, for Half Life (Playwrights Canada Press)
Richard Sanger, Toronto, for Two Words for Snow (Red Deer Press)

Nonfiction
Ted Bishop, Edmonton, for Riding with Rilke: Reflections on
Motorcycles and Books (Viking Canada, an imprint of Penguin
Group (Canada))
Michael Mitchell, Toronto, for The Molly Fire (ECW Press)
Edward Shorter, La Crosse (WI) (formerly of Toronto), for Written in
the Flesh: A History of Desire (University of Toronto Press)
John Vaillant, Vancouver, for The Golden Spruce: A True Story of
Myth, Madness and Greed (Knopf Canada, an imprint of Random House
of Canada)
Jessica Warner, Toronto, for The Incendiary: The Misadventures of
John the Painter, First Modern Terrorist (McClelland & Stewart)

Children's Literature - Text
Francis Chalifour, Toronto, for After (Tundra Books)
Barbara Nickel, Yarrow (BC), for Hannah Waters and the Daughter
of Johann Sebastian Bach (Penguin Canada)
Gail Nyoka, Scarborough (ON), for Mella and the N'anga: An
African Tale (Sumach Press)
Pamela Porter, Sidney (BC), for The Crazy Man (Groundwood Books /
House of Anansi Press)
Shyam Selvadurai, Toronto, for Swimming in the Monsoon Sea
(Tundra Books)

Children's Literature - Illustration
Kyrsten Brooker, Edmonton, for City Angel, text by Eileen
Spinelli (Dial Books for Young Readers, a division of Penguin
Young Readers Group)
Wallace Edwards, Yarker (ON), for Mixed Beasts, text by Kenyon
Cox (Kids Can Press)
Rob Gonsalves, Mallorytown (ON), for Imagine a Day, text by
Sarah L. Thomson (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint
of Simon & Schuster)
Murray Kimber, Nelson (BC), for The Highwayman, text by Alfred
Noyes (Kids Can Press)
Rajka Kupesic, Toronto, for Maria Chapdelaine, text by Louis
Hemon (Tundra Books)

Translation (French to English)
Jane Brierley, Montreal, for America: The Lewis and Clark Expedition
and the Dawn of a New Power (Vehicule Press)
English translation of America, 1803-1853 : l'expedition de Lewis
& Clark et la naissance d'une nouvelle puissance, by Denis
Vaugeois (Les editions du Septentrion)
Susanne de Lotbiniere-Harwood, Montreal, for Yesterday, at the
Hotel Clarendon (Coach House Books)
English translation of Hier, by Nicole Brossard (Editions
Quebec Amerique)
Wayne Grady, Athens (ON), for Return from Africa (Douglas & McIntyre)
English translation of Le Retour d'Afrique, by Francine D'Amour
(Les Editions du Boreal)
Fred A. Reed, Montreal, for Truth or Death: The Quest for Immortality
in the Western Narrative Tradition (Talonbooks)
English translation of Raconter et mourir : aux sources narratives
de l'imaginaire occidental, by Thierry Hentsch (Les Presses de
l'Universite de Montreal)
Fred A. Reed and David Homel, Montreal, for All that Glitters
(Talonbooks)
English translation of L'elu du hasard, by Martine Desjardins
(Lemeac Editeur)


French-language finalists
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Fiction
Marie-Claire Blais, Montreal, for Augustino et le choeur de la
destruction (Les Editions du Boreal)
Nicolas Dickner, Montreal, for Nikolski (Les Editions Alto, a
division of Editions Nota bene)
Christiane Frenette, Levis (QC), for Apres la nuit rouge (Les
Editions du Boreal)
Guy Lalancette, Chibougamau (QC), for Un amour empoulaille
(VLB editeur)
Aki Shimazaki, Montreal, for Hotaru (Lemeac Editeur / Actes Sud)

Poetry
Marc Andre Brouillette, Montreal, for M'accompagne (Editions
du Noroit)
Jean-Marc Desgent, Longueuil (QC), for Vingtiemes siecles (Les
Ecrits des Forges)
Francois Dumont, Quebec City, for Brisures (Editions du Noroit)
Danielle Fournier, Montreal, for Il n'y a rien d'intact dans ma
chair (Editions de l'Hexagone)
Fernand Ouellette, Laval (QC), for L'Inoubliable : Chronique
I (Editions de l'Hexagone)

Drama
Genevieve Billette, Montreal, for Le Pays des genoux (Lemeac
Editeur / Actes Sud)
Jean-Rock Gaudreault, Longueuil (QC) for Pour ceux qui croient
que la Terre est ronde (Lansman Editeur)
Francois Godin, Montreal, for Louisiane Nord (Lemeac Editeur)
Marie-Christine Le-Huu, Montreal, for Jouliks (Lansman Editeur)

Nonfiction
Paul Bleton and Mario Poirier, Montreal, for Le vagabond stoique :
Louis Hemon (Les Presses de l'Universite de Montreal)
Michel Bock, Ottawa, for Quand la nation debordait les frontieres :
les minorites francaises dans la pensee de
Lionel Groulx (Editions Hurtubise HMH)
Gilles Dostaler, Montreal, for Keynes et ses combats (Editions
Albin Michel)
Eric Mechoulan, Montreal, for Le livre avale : de la litterature
entre memoire et culture (XVIe - XVIIIe siecle) (Les Presses de
l'Universite de Montreal)
Sebastien Vincent, Montreal, for Laisses dans l'ombre : les
Quebecois engages volontaires de 39-45
(ou quatorze Quebecois racontent leur participation volontaire a
la Seconde Guerre mondiale) (VLB editeur)

Children's Literature - Text
Alain M. Bergeron, Victoriaville (QC), for Les Tempetes ou Les
memoires d'un Beatle rate (Soulieres editeur)
Camille Bouchard, Quebec City, for Le ricanement des hyenes (Les
editions de la courte echelle)
Jean-Pierre Davidts, Saint-Sauveur-des-Monts (QC), for Le Baiser
de la sangsue (Les Editions du Boreal)
Danielle Marcotte, Delemont, Switzerland (originally from Montreal),
for Les sabots rouges (Les editions de la courte echelle)
Sylvain Meunier, Longueuil (QC), for L'homme a la bicyclette (Les
editions de la courte echelle)

Children's Literature - Illustration
Isabelle Arsenault, Montreal, for Le coeur de monsieur Gauguin, text
by Marie-Danielle Croteau (Les editions Les 400 coups)
Pascale Constantin, Montreal, for La vie comptee de Raoul Lecompte,
text by Gilles Tibo (Les editions de la courte echelle)
Luc Melanson, Laval (QC), for Les compositeurs, text by Claudio
Ricignuolo (Editions Fides)
Stephane Poulin, Montreal, for Un chant de Noel, text by Lucie
Papineau (based on A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens) (Dominique
et compagnie / Les editions Heritage)
Pierre Pratt, Montreal, for Le jour ou Zoe zozota, text by Pierre
Pratt (Les editions Les 400 coups)

Translation (English to French)
Benoit Leger, Montreal, for Miracles en serie (Editions Triptyque)
French translation of Various Miracles, by Carol Shields (Vintage
Book, an imprint of
Random House of Canada)
Rachel Martinez, Quebec City, for Glenn Gould: une vie (Les Editions
du Boreal)
French translation of Wondrous Strange: The Life and Art of Glenn
Gould, by Kevin Bazzana (McClelland and Stewart)
Lori Saint-Martin and Paul Gagne, Montreal, for Drole de tendresse
(Les Editions du Boreal)
French translation of A Complicated Kindness, by Miriam Toews
(Knopf Canada, an imprint of Random House of Canada)
Lori Saint-Martin and Paul Gagne, Montreal, for La fille du
Kamikaze (Les editions Les Allusifs)
French translation of One Hundred Million Hearts, by Kerri Sakamoto
(Knopf Canada, an imprint of Random House of Canada)
Lori Saint-Martin and Paul Gagne, Montreal, for Le Vol du corbeau
(Flammarion Quebec)
French translation of The Way the Crow Flies, by Ann-Marie MacDonald
(Knopf Canada, an imprint of Random House of Canada)


Reading by English fiction finalists

The English-language fiction finalists will be invited to read from their works at the International Festival of Authors (IFOA) at Harbourfront Centre, Premiere Dance Theatre, 235 Queens Quay West, in Toronto on Monday, October 24 at 8 p.m. This is the first time the IFOA has devoted a special evening to the Governor General's Literary Awards. For tickets, please call the box office at (416) 973-4000. Tickets are $15 general admission and $10 for IFOA members. For information about the reading, contact Steve Myers, IFOA publicist at (416) 973-4147 or smyers@harbourfrontcentre.com.

Announcement of winners

In honour of the designation of Montreal as UNESCO World Book Capital for 2005-2006, the winners of this year's Governor General's Literary Awards will be announced and presented at a news conference at la Grande Bibliotheque of the Bibliotheque nationale du Quebec, 475 boulevard de Maisonneuve E., in Montreal, on Wednesday, November 16 at 10 a.m. The winners will be available for in-person and telephone interviews immediately following the news conference.

The names, biographies and downloadable photos of the winners will be posted on the Canada Council web site at www.canadacouncil.ca as of 10:30 a.m. EST on November 16.

Reading by the winners

A public reading by the winners of the 2005 Awards (all categories, English and French) will take place at la Grande Bibliotheque of the Bibliotheque nationale du Quebec, 475 boulevard de Maisonneuve E., in Montreal on Wednesday, November 16 from 7- 9 p.m. The reading will be presented by the Canada Council for the Arts and Blue Metropolis Foundation. Tickets will be sold at the door for $8 general admission and $5 for Blue Metropolis members.

Copies of the winning books will be on sale, and the winners will be available to sign their books immediately after the reading. For more information about the reading, contact Christopher DiRaddo, Media Relations, Blue Metropolis Foundation at (514) 842-5087 or diraddo@videotron.ca.

Awards presentation: children's literature

Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean, Governor General of Canada, will present the awards to the four winners of the children's literature categories (text and illustration, in English and in French), at a special ceremony and event at Rideau Hall (the residence of the Governor General in Ottawa) on Tuesday, November 22 at 10 a.m. (by invitation only).

The purpose of this special event is to highlight the important contribution made by Canada's children's book writers and illustrators, and to involve children directly in the presentation of the awards. Children from across the National Capital Region will attend the event, which will also include readings and workshops by the award winners.

Media representatives wishing to cover this event should contact France Langlois at the Rideau Hall Press Office at (613) 993-8157.

Awards presentation: fiction, nonfiction, drama, poetry and translation Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean, Governor General of Canada, will present the 2005 Awards in the categories of fiction, nonfiction, drama, poetry and translation (in English and in French) at Rideau Hall on Wednesday, November 23 at 6 p.m. Media representatives wishing to cover the ceremony should contact France Langlois at the Rideau Hall Press Office at (613) 993-8157.

A reception and dinner in honour of the winners will be held that evening (by invitation only).

Further details, jury comments, names of jurors and downloadable visuals can be found at www.canadacouncil.ca.

Tous les documents du Conseil des Arts du Canada sont disponibles en francais et en anglais.

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