Finalists for the 2021 Governor General's Literary Awards

Finalists for the 2021 Governor General's Literary Awards
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Enjoy these titles from publishers and authors from within the All Lit Up/Literary Press Group canon who have been announced finalists for the 2021 Governor General's Literary Awards. View books in this list

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The Lover, the Lake

By Virginia Pesemapeo Bordeleau
Translated by Susan Ouriou

A spellbinding novel celebrating Indigenous sensuality; the first erotic novel written by an Indigenous woman in French

When it was first published in Quebec, The Lover, The Lake was heralded as the first erotic novel written by an Indigenous woman in French. Today, as it is translated ... Read more

You are Eating an Orange. You are Naked.

By Sheung-King

A young translator living in Toronto frequently travels abroad—to Hong Kong, Macau, Prague, Tokyo—often with his unnamed lover. In restaurants and hotel rooms, the couple begins telling folktales to each other, perhaps as a way to fill the undefined space between them. Theirs ... Read more

A Cemetery for Bees

By Alina Dumitrescu

This autobiographical novel traces the journey of a woman from her youth in Socialist Eastern Europe to her transplanted life in Montreal, Canada. She is a precocious, thoughtful child, whose early life in Romania is marked by the scarcities of the time and the political games ... Read more

This Radiant Life

By Chantal Neveu
Translated by Erín Moure

In this stunning long poem, Chantal Neveu draws from the lexicons of science, art, revolution and corporeal movement to forge intense and extended rhythms that invoke the elements and spaces making up our world. This is poetry capable of holding life and death, solidarity and ... Read more

Selfie

By Christine Quintana

A new year of high school is full of excitement and potential—but three teens didn’t expect it to bring such a dark change to their lives. After spending a summer reinventing herself in Paris, Emma is ready for her new life to start, while her best friend Lily is eager for ... Read more

Sexual Misconduct of the Middle Classes

By Hannah Moscovitch

The archetypal student-teacher romance is cleverly turned on its head for the post-#MeToo era in this striking new play by the acclaimed author of What a Young Wife Ought to Know and Bunny.

Jon, a star professor and author, is racked with self-loathing after his third marriage ... Read more

Take d Milk, Nah?

By Jivesh Parasram

Jiv is “Canadian. ” And “Indian. ” And “Hindu. ” And “West Indian. ” “Trinidadian,” too. Or maybe he’s just colonized. He’s not the “white boy” he was teased as within his immigrant household. Especially since his Nova Scotian neighbours seemed to ... Read more

Two Indians

By Falen Johnson

Win lives on the rez and Roe lives in the city, where she fled after a terrible family tragedy. After years apart, the two cousins reunite in a Toronto alley to recreate a ceremony from their childhood, but can they remember how? Has the world changed too much? Have they? When ... Read more

Crippled

By Paul Power

***2021 GOVERNOR GENERAL'S LITERARY AWARD FINALIST, DRAMA CATEGORY***

 

 

Crippled is a story about love, death, life and redemption. You will laugh, you will cry and you will walk away with a new perspective about life and what matters.

 

Paul Power’s play, Crippled, has garnered ... Read more

Firefly

By Philippa Dowding

Winner of the 2021 Governor General’s Literary Award for Young People’s Literature - Text
Firefly lived in the park across from her mother’s home. It was safer there. But after the bad night happens, and her baseball-bat-wielding mother is taken away, social services sends ... Read more