The Governor General’s Literary Awards are given annually to the best English- and French-language books in the categories of Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, Drama, Children’s Literature and Translation.
This event celebrates the authors shortlisted for the 2014 Governor General’s Literary Award for English-language Fiction.
This event is organized in collaboration with the Canada Council for the Arts to celebrate the 2014 Governor General’s Literary Awards.
Michael Crummey has published nine books of poetry and fiction. Galore won the Canadian Authors' Association Fiction Award and the Commonwealth Prize (Canada & Caribbean Region), and was shortlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Award. Sweetland was a national bestseller and a finalist for the Governor General's Award. Little Dogs: New and Selected Poems will be published by House of Anansi in spring 2016. He lives in St. John's, Newfoundland.
Bill Gaston is the acclaimed author of seven novels and six short story collections, as well as poetry, drama and a memoir. His previous collection of short fiction, Juliet Was a Surprise, was nominated for the Governor General's Award, and his most recent novel, The World, won the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. In 2002, Gaston was the inaugural recipient of the Writers' Trust of Canada's Timothy Findley Award for his body of work. He lives in Victoria, BC. He presents A Mariner’s Guide To Self Sabotage.
Claire Holden Rothman is the author of two story collections and a bestselling novel, The Heart Specialist, longlisted for the 2009 Scotiabank Giller Prize and published in six countries. Her translation of Canada’s first novel, L’influence d’un livre (The Influence of a Book) by Philippe-Ignace François Aubert de Gaspé, won the John Glassco Translation Prize. She lives in Montreal with playwright Arthur Holden. Rothman presents her latest novel, My October, which was longlisted for the 2014 Scotiabank Giller Prize and is a finalist for this year's Governor General's Literary Award for Fiction. My October is a masterful tale of a modern family torn apart by the power of language and the weight of history.
Born and raised in Kansas, Linda Spalding immigrated to Canada in 1982 from Hawaii. She is the author of The Purchase, winner of the Governor General's Literary Award, and three much earlier novels and two acclaimed works of nonfiction, The Follow, which was shortlisted for The Trillium Book Award and the Pearson Writers' Trust Non-Fiction Prize; and, most recently, Who Named the Knife. She received the Harbourfront Festival Prize for her contribution to the Canadian literary community. She lives in Toronto, where she is the editor of Brick magazine.
Drew Hayden Taylor is an Ojibway from the Curve Lake First Nations in Ontario and an award-winning playwright, journalist, short-story writer, novelist, commentator, scriptwriter and documentarian. As a writer/creator, he strives to educate and inform about issues that interfere with, reflect on and celebrate the lives of Canada’s First Nations. With around 30 books to his credit, including the series that considered First Nations’ lives through the themes of Me Funny, Me Sexy and Me Artsy, Taylor turns his attention to another genre: Science Fiction. He presents Take Us To Your Chief and Other Stories.
Joan Thomas’s debut novel, Reading By Lightning, won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book (Canada/Caribbean) and the Amazon.ca First Novel Award. Her second, Curiosity, was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and was a Quill and Quire Book of the Year. Thomas presents her latest novel, The Opening Sky, a finalist for this year’s Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction. It is a stunning character-driven novel about the human desire to do the right thing, and the even stronger desire to love and to be seen for who we truly are.