All Lit Up Roundup – Awards Season!

October 10, 2014

There are dozens of literary awards across Canada that laud a variety of books. The “CanLit trifecta”, on the other hand, are awards that span the country coast-to-coast. Books nominated by these awards  have been shown to become instant bestsellers, and moreover, they become the talk of the literary town. These awards are The Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, The Governor General’s Literary Awards, and the Scotiabank Giller Prize. We’re proud as punch to have All Lit Up books nominated for all three awards ceremonies.

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There are dozens of literary awards across Canada that laud a variety of books: from regional awards celebrating authors from – or books set in – specific places, to awards that recognize outstanding literature in a certain category, like books with LGBTQ, or other cultural themes.

The “CanLit trifecta”, on the other hand, are awards that span the country coast-to-coast. Books nominated by these awards have been shown to become instant bestsellers, and moreover, they become the talk of the literary town. These awards are The Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, The Governor General’s Literary Awards, and the Scotiabank Giller Prize. We’re proud as punch to have All Lit Up books nominated for all three awards ceremonies.

The Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize

The Prize: “The Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize recognizes Canadian writers of exceptional talent for the year's best novel or short-story collection. The winner, selected by a three-member, independent judging panel, is announced at the Writers’ Trust Awards event.”

Our Wonderful Nominees on the Shortlist:

Pastoral

by André Alexis

(Coach House Books)

 

 

 

 

The Governor General's Literary Awards

The Prize:“Each year, the Governor General’s Literary Awards (the GGs) honour the best in Canadian literature. As Canada’s national literary awards, the GGs represent the rich diversity of Canadian literature and its authors, translators and illustrators.”

Our Wonderful Nominees on the Shortlists:

Poetry

Light Light 

by Julie Joosten

(BookThug)

 

 

 

Lake of Two Mountains

by Arleen Paré

(Brick Books)

 

 

 

 

 

Drama

The Secret Mask

by Rick Chafe

(Playwrights Canada Press)

 

 

 

 

A God in Need of Help

by Sean Dixon

(Coach House Books)

 

 

 

 

That Elusive Spark

by Janet Munsil

(Playwrights Canada Press)

 

 

 

 

Age of Minority: 3 Solo Plays

by Jordan Tannahill

(Playwrights Canada Press)

 

 

 

 

 

Translation (French to English)

Guyana

by Élise Turcotte

Translated by Rhonda Mullins

(Coach House Books)

 

 

 

 

The Scotiabank Giller Prize

The Prize: “The Giller Prize was founded in 1994 by Jack Rabinovitch in honour of his late wife, literary journalist Doris Giller, who passed away from cancer the year before. The award recognized excellence in Canadian fiction – long format or short stories.”

Our Wonderful Nominees on the Longlist*:

Waiting for the Man

by Arjun Basu

(ECW Press)

 

 

 

 

Watch How We Walk

by Jennifer LoveGrove

(ECW Press)

 

 

 

 

Paradise and Elsewhere

by Kathy Page

(Biblioasis)

 

 

 

 

*While at press time the Giller shortlist had been announced, and sadly, these books weren’t shortlisted, we still think these amazing reads merited a mention.

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