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Governor General’s Awards Finalists 2021

On October 14, the Canada Council for the Arts revealed the finalists for the 2021 Governor General's Literary Awards (#GGBooks) across seven categories, both in English and French. The English finalists are listed below. For the complete list, visit

by Kerry Clare

Fictional Father

by (author) Joe Ollmann

Home Waltz

by (author) G.A. Grisenthwaite

Second Place

A Novel

by (author) Rachel Cusk


The Unseen Ones, Short Stories

by (author) Norma Dunning

You are Eating an Orange. You are Naked.

by (author) Sheung-King Sheung-King

A History of the Theories of Rain

by (author) Stephen Collis

A Thousand Times You Lose Your Treasure

by (author) Hoa Nguyen


by (author) Rebecca Salazar

The Untranslatable I

by (author) Roxanna Bennett


by (author) Paul Power


by (author) Christine Quintana

Sexual Misconduct of the Middle Classes

by (author) Hannah Moscovitch

Take d Milk, Nah?

by (author) Jivesh Parasram
foreword by Tom Arthur Davis & Graham Isador

Two Indians

by (author) Falen Johnson

Care Of

Letters, Connections, and Cures

by (author) Ivan Coyote


A Year of Bees

by (author) Jenna Butler

The Day the World Stops Shopping

by (author) J.B. MacKinnon

What I Remember, What I Know

The Life of a High Arctic Exile

by (author) Larry Audlaluk

Blood Like Magic

by (author) Liselle Sambury


by (author) Philippa Dowding

Peter Lee's Notes from the Field

by (author) Angela Ahn
illustrated by Julie Kwon

The Fabulous Zed Watson!

by (author) Basil Sylvester
illustrated by Kevin Sylvester


by (author) Sharon Jennings

Mii maanda ezhi-gkendmaanh / This Is How I Know

Niibing, dgwaagig, bboong, mnookmig dbaadjigaade maanpii mzin’igning / A Book about the Seasons

by (author) Brittany Luby
illustrated by Mangeshig Pawis-Steckley
translated by Alvin Ted Corbiere & Alan Corbiere

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