2022 Governor General Awards Finalists

2022 Governor General Awards Finalists
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Congratulations to the finalists of the 2022 #GGBooks awards! Browse the ALU finalists below. View books in this list

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Finding Edward

By Sheila Murray

Shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award
Longlisted for Canada Reads 2023
A Globe and Mail Best Book

Cyril Rowntree migrates to Toronto from Jamaica in 2012. Managing a precarious balance of work and university he begins to navigate his way through the implications ... Read more

Persephone's Children

By Rowan McCandless

Finalist for 2022 Governor General’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction • Co-Winner of 2022 Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book

After years of secrecy and silence, Rowan McCandless leaves an abusive relationship and rediscovers her voice and identity through writing. ... Read more

Dream of No One but Myself

By D.M. Bradford

Winner of the 2022 A. M. Klein Prize for Poetry * 2022 Griffin Poetry Prize Finalist * 2022 Governor General's Literary Award Shortlist * 2022 Gerald Lampert Memorial Award Shortlist * 2022 Grand Prix du Livre de Montréal Jury Selection * 2022 Concordia University First Book ... Read more


By Kate Story

They say Dor's family is cursed. The house her great-great grandfather built on the Southside of St. John's has never been at peace; the old people think it lies on a fairy path. Ever since electricity came to the island, things have worsened, and experiments in the brand-new ... Read more

Everybody Just C@lm the F#ck Down

By Robert Chafe
Foreword by Sarah Garton Stanley

After an unexpected night in a Regina hospital emergency room, Robert Chafe can’t shake the burning question of whether he’s Tennessee Williams or Dorothy Zbornak. Are his symptoms a harbinger of a terrifying undiagnosed condition, or is it all just in his head? 

Frenetic, ... Read more


By Daniel Arnold, Medina Hahn, and Darrell Dennis

You take your seat in the theatre. You are given a remote control. The play begins.

An urban couple are on a getaway to visit her father at his vast rural estate. But when they arrive, they find him missing and a local Indigenous man staying there instead. They ask him to leave ... Read more

Lady Sunrise

By Marjorie Chan
Foreword by Nina Lee Aquino

From the glittering high-rise condos to the desperate streets of Vancouver, powerful stories told by women reveal the fraying social fabric among the wealthy and hangers-on in the city’s Asian Canadian community.

Lady Sunrise introduces us to six women who are risking everything, ... Read more

Horrible Dance

By Avery Lake

2022 Governor General's Literary Award Shortlist * 2022 A. M. Klein Prize for Poetry Finalist

A brilliant poetic debut about gender-based violence that dismantles received definitions of both gender and violence, Horrible Dance is an accomplished addition to transfeminist thought ... Read more

All the Quiet Places

By Brian Thomas Isaac

Finalist for the 2022 Governor General's Literary Award for Fiction
Longlisted for the 2022 Scotiabank Giller Prize
Winner of the 2022 Indigenous Voices Awards' Published Prose in English Prize
Shortlisted for the 2022 Amazon Canada First Novel Award
Longlisted for CBC Canada Reads ... Read more

Iphigenia and the Furies (On Taurian Land) & Antigone: 方

By Ho Ka Kei (Jeff Ho)
Foreword by Jonathan Seinen

From the author of trace comes two adaptations that transport mythological stories from Ancient Greece to modern-day civilizations. Led by people of colour, these darkly comedic plays depict recognizable plights for justice.

Iphigenia and the Furies (On Taurian Land) highlights ... Read more