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Governor General Literary Awards

The Canada Council for the arts has announced the shortlist for the Governor General’s Literary Awards, I have included descriptions of the books that I have readily stolen from the Canada Council website

Rivka Galchen – Atmospheric Disturbances.
Atmospheric Disturbances is a poignant and very funny journey inside a mistaken mind. A writer with tremendous sympathy and psychological acuity, Rivka Galchen is possessed of a wonderfully sly, magnificently skewed sense of humour. A brilliant debut.

Rawi Hage – Cockroach.
Rawi Hage’s Cockroach is a savagely intelligent examination of contemporary multicultural Canada. Humorous and heartbreaking, this novel shines a fierce, brilliant light on the immigrant experience in this country. A mad tour-de-force in a fresh and original voice.

Nino Ricci – The Origin of Species.
The young searching protagonist of Nino Ricci’s The Origin of Species takes us into the now distant world of the post-Trudeau 1980s. Set mostly in Montreal, with an illuminating voyage to the Galápagos at its centre, this exquisite novel is both tough and tender and, in the end, confirms our belief in the resilience of the human heart.

David Adams Richards – The Lost Highway.
The Lost Highway is an intimate and compelling psychological portrait of a lost soul. David Adams Richards writes with an overarching humanity that points to our foibles with sympathy and humour. His open, honest and supple prose creates a world we at once recognize and see anew.

Fred Stenson – The Great Karoo.
No one writes about cowboys, horses, landscape and the military quite like Fred Stenson. Here is the humour, humanity and insight that can only come from an author who knows what he’s talking about. A true-hearted book about Canadians caught up in the dark cause of the Boer War.

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