The Magical Realism of Life of Pi

The Magical Realism of Life of Pi
Review by Margie Taylor

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

A Long Long short list! The GG's are in Session!!

Susan Musgrave, poet


This year I have included the Governor General's  short list for poetry (which includes the great Susan Musgrave), children's books, drama,  non-fiction as well as fiction (including the superb Marina Endicott.)  Congratulations to all the finalists. 

The winners of the Governor General Awards will be announced Tuesday, November 15 at 10 am at the Enwave Theatre at Harbourfront Centre, 231 Queens Quay West, in Toronto.  Probably also on CBC.

Fiction

David Bezmozgis, Toronto, The Free World(HarperCollins Publishers; distributed by HarperCollins Canada)
(ISBN 978-1-44340-399-3)
Patrick deWitt, Portland (Oregon) [originally from Vancouver Island], The Sisters Brothers(House of Anansi Press; distributed by HarperCollins Canada)
(ISBN 978-0-88784-289-4)
Esi Edugyan, Victoria (British Columbia), Half-Blood Blues: A Novel(Thomas Allen Publishers; distributed by Thomas Allen & Son)
(ISBN 978-0-88762-741-5)
Marina Endicott, Edmonton (Alberta), The Little Shadows(Doubleday Canada; distributed by Random House of Canada)
(ISBN 978-0-385-66891-0)
Alexi Zentner, Ithaca (New York) [originally from Kitchener, Ontario], Touch(Alfred A. Knopf Canada; distributed by Random House of Canada)
(ISBN 978-0-307-39944-1)

Poetry

Michael Boughn, Toronto, Cosmographia: A Post-Lucretian Faux Micro-Epic(BookThug; distributed by Literary Press Group)
(ISBN 978-1-897388-69-3)
Kate Eichhorn, New York City and Montreal, Fieldnotes, A Forensic(BookThug; distributed by Literary Press Group)
(ISBN 978-1-897388-66-2)
Phil Hall, Perth (Ontario), Killdeer(BookThug; distributed by Literary Press Group)
(ISBN 978-1-897388-81-5)
Garry Thomas Morse, Vancouver, Discovery Passages(Talonbooks; distributed by Publishers Group)
(ISBN 978-0-88922-660-9)
Susan Musgrave, Sidney and Masset (British Columbia), Origami Dove(McClelland & Stewart; distributed by Random House of Canada)
(ISBN 978-0-7710-6522-4)

Drama

Brendan Gall, Toronto, Minor Complications: Two Plays(Coach House Books; distributed by LitDistCo)
(ISBN 978-1-55245-237-0)
Jonathan Garfinkel, Toronto, House of Many Tongues(Playwrights Canada Press; distributed by University of Toronto Press
(ISBN 978-0-88754-960-1)
Erin Shields, Toronto, If We Were Birds(Playwrights Canada Press; distributed by University of Toronto Press
(ISBN 978-1-77091-012-6)
Donna-Michelle St. Bernard, Toronto, Gas Girls(Playwrights Canada Press; distributed by University of Toronto Press
(ISBN 978-0-88754-966-3)
Vern Thiessen, Astoria (New York) and Winnipeg (Manitoba), Lenin’s Embalmers(Playwrights Canada Press; distributed by University of Toronto Press
(ISBN 978-0-88754-970-0)

Non-fiction

Charles Foran, Peterborough (Ontario), Mordecai: The Life & Times(Alfred A. Knopf Canada; distributed by Random House of Canada)
(ISBN 978-0-676-97963-3)
Nathan M. Greenfield, Ottawa (Ontario), The Damned: The Canadians at the Battle of Hong Kong and the POW Experience, 1941-45(HarperCollins Publishers; distributed by HarperCollins Canada
(ISBN 978-1-55468-219-5)
Richard Gwyn, Toronto, Nation Maker: Sir John A. Macdonald: His Life, Our Times, Volume Two: 1867-1891(Random House Canada; distributed by Random House of Canada)
(ISBN 978-0-307-35644-4)
J.J. Lee, New Westminster (British Columbia), The Measure of a Man: The Story of a Father, a Son, and a Suit(McClelland & Stewart; distributed by Random House of Canada)
(ISBN 978-0-7710-4647-6)
Andrew Nikiforuk, Calgary (Alberta), Empire of the Beetle: How Human Folly and a Tiny Bug Are Killing North America’s Great Forests(Greystone Books, an imprint of D&M Publishers / David Suzuki Foundation; distributed by HarperCollins Canada)
(ISBN 978-1-55365-510-7)

Children’s Literature — Text

Jan L. Coates, Wolfville (Nova Scotia), A Hare in the Elephant’s Trunk(Red Deer Press; distributed by Fitzhenry & Whiteside)
(ISBN 978-0-88995-451-9)
Deborah Ellis, Simcoe (Ontario), No Ordinary Day(Groundwood Books / House of Anansi Press; distributed by HarperCollins Canada)
(ISBN 978-1-55498-134-2)
Christopher Moore, Toronto, From Then to Now: A Short History of the World(Tundra Books; distributed by Random House of Canada)
(ISBN 978-0-88776-540-7)
Kenneth Oppel, Toronto, This Dark Endeavour(HarperCollins Publishers; distributed by HarperCollins Canada)
(ISBN 978-1-55468-339-0)
Tim Wynne-Jones, Perth (Ontario), Blink & Caution(Candlewick Press; distributed by Random House of Canada)
(ISBN 978-0-7636-3983-9)

Children’s Literature — Illustration

Isabelle Arsenault, Montreal, Migrant, text by Maxine Trottier
(Groundwood Books / House of Anansi Press; distributed by HarperCollins Canada)
(ISBN 978-0-88899-975-7)
Kim La Fave, Roberts Creek (British Columbia), Fishing with Gubby, text by Gary Kent
(Harbour Publishing; distributed by the publisher)
(ISBN 978-1-55017-497-7)
Renata Liwska, Calgary (Alberta), Red Wagon, text by Renata Liwska
(Philomel Books, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group; distributed by Penguin Group Canada)
(ISBN 978-0-399-25237-2)
Frank Viva, Toronto, Along a Long Road, text by Frank Viva
(HarperCollins Publishers; distributed by HarperCollins Canada)
(ISBN 978-1-44340-620-8)
Cybèle Young, Toronto, Ten Birds, text by Cybèle Young
(Kids Can Press; distributed by University of Toronto Press)
(ISBN 978-1-55453-568-2)

Translation – French to English

Judith Cowan, Trois-Rivières (Quebec), Meridian Line(Signal Editions, an imprint of Véhicule Press; distributed by LitDistCo)
(ISBN 978-1-55065-295-6)
English translation of Origine des méridiens by Paul Bélanger (Éditions du Noroît)
David Scott Hamilton, Vancouver, Exit(Anvil Press; distributed by University of Toronto Press)
(ISBN 978-1-897-53566-0)
English translation of Paradis, clef en main by Nelly Arcan (Les Éditions Les 400 coups)
Lazer Lederhendler, Montreal, Apocalypse for Beginners(Vintage Canada; distributed by Random House of Canada) (ISBN 978-0-307-39941-0)
English translation of Tarmac by Nicolas Dickner (Éditions Alto)
Lazer Lederhendler, Montreal, Dirty Feet(House of Anansi Press; distributed by HarperCollins Canada)
(ISBN 978-088784-244-3)
English translation of Les pieds sales by Edem Awumey (Les Éditions du Boréal)
Donald Winkler, Montreal, Partita for Glenn Gould(McGill-Queen’s University Press; distributed by Georgetown Terminal Warehouses)
(ISBN 978-0-7735-3810-8)
English translation of Partita pour Glenn Gould by Georges Leroux (Les Presses de l’Université de Montréal)

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