Cover Collage: Stars of Summer

August 5, 2021

If you've been slacking on the hottest in Canadian books, we're here for you with this cover collage + list of some of our favourite award-winning and nominated titles and authors from across the country announced so far this year within the ALU cannon. 

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Cover Collage - Stars of Summer (1)



FINALISTS - 2021 Trillium Book Awards 

Accretion by Irfan Ali (Brick Books)

Seven by Farzana Doctor (Dundurn Press)


WINNERS - 2020 Governor General's Award 

If You Hear Me by Pascale Quiviger, translated by Lazer Lederhendler (Category: Translation, from French to English) (Biblioasis)

Kamloopa: An Indigenous Matriarch Story by Kim Senklip Harvey (Category: Drama) (Talonbooks)


SHORT-LISTED - 2021 Amazon Canada First Novel Award

Butter Honey Pig Bread by Francesca Ekwuyasi (Arsenal Pulp Press)

You are Eating an Orange. You are Naked. by Sheung-King (Book*hug Press)

Vanishing Monuments by John Elizabeth Stintzi (Arsenal Pulp Press)


SHORT-LISTED - 2021 Kobo Emerging Writer Prize

Hunger Moon by Traci Skuce (Category: Literary Fiction) (NeWest Press)

Tell Me My Name by Erin Ruddy (Category: Mystery) (Dundurn Press)

Night Call by Brenden Carlson  (Category: Mystery) (Dundurn Press)

True Patriots by Russell Fralich (Category: Mystery) (Dundurn)


WINNER of the 2021 Indigenous Voices Awards (Published Prose in English, Fiction) + LONG-LISTED for the First Nation Communities Read Awards

Ghost Lake by Nathan Niigan Noodin Adler (Kegedonce Press)


WINNER of the 2021 Indigenous Voices Awards (Published Poetry in English) + LONG-LISTED for the First Nation Communities Read Awards

it was never going to be okay by jaye simpson (Nightwood Editions)


WINNER - Lambda Literary Award for LGBTQ Anthology

Love after the End, edited by Joshua Whitehead (Arsenal Pulp Press)


WINNER - Crime Writers of Canada Best Crime Novel award for 2021

The Transaction by Guglielmo D'Izzia (Guernica Editions)


WINNER - 2021 Gerald Lampert Memorial Award + WINNER 2021 Alberta Book Awards (Stephan G. Stephansson Award) for Poetry

The Response of Weeds by Bertrand Bickersteth (NeWest Press)


LONG-LISTED - 2020 Scotiabank Giller Prize + SHORT-LISTED - 2021 Lambda Literary Award + SHORT-LISTED - 2021 Governor General's Literary Award 

Butter Honey Pig Bread by Francesca Ekwuyasi (Arsenal Pulp Press)


LONG-LISTED for the 2021 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour + WINNER (Silver) FOREWORD INDIES for Humour + SHORT-LISTED for Atlantic Publishers Marketing Association Best Atlantic-Published Book Award

Dirty Birds by Morgan Murray (Breakwater Books)


WINNER - 2021 Fred Kerner Book Award

Endlings by Joanna Lilley (Turnstone Press)


SHORT-LISTED - 2021 Atlantic Book Awards 

Acadian Driftwood: One Family and the Great Expulsion by Tyler LeBlanc (Goose Lane Editions)
(In several categories, including: Democracy 250 Atlantic Book Award for Historical Writing; Evelyn Richardson Non-Fiction Award; Margaret and John Savage First Book Award – (Non-Fiction); Robbie Robertson Dartmouth Book Award (Non-Fiction))


WINNER - McNally Robinson Book of the Year, Manitoba Book Awards

Here the Dark by David Bergen (Biblioasis)




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