Ivan Coyote, David A. Robertson and Julie Flett are among the 2021 Governor General’s Literary Awards finalists.
The prices, administered by the Canada Council for the Arts, are awarded in seven English language categories: fiction, non-fiction, poetry, children’s literature – text, children’s literature – illustration, theater and translation. Seven French language prizes are also awarded in the same categories.
The winner of each category will receive $ 25,000.
Books published between September 1, 2020 and July 31, 2021 were eligible for the 2021 awards.
Coyote is a finalist in the non-fiction category for his collection of essays Care.
Care is a collection of moving correspondence that Coyote wrote at the start of the COVID-19 lockdown, in response to letters and communications they had received, some of which dated back to 2009. Correspondence ranges from personal letters to Facebook messages to notes received afterwards. on the scene.
Coyote is a writer, storyteller and performer from the Yukon. Their other books include Tomboy Survival Guide, repentant sinner, Gender failure, One in every crowd and the novel Bow handle. Coyote won the 2020 Freedom to Read Award, in recognition of their body of work that examines class, gender identity and social justice.
LISTEN | Ivan Coyote discusses Care Of with Shelagh Rogers:
17:12Ivan Coyote on Care Of
Robertson and Flett are nominated in Children’s Literature – Illustrated Books for their Picture Book On the trapline. The prize money in this category is shared equally between the author and the illustrator.
On the trapline celebrates Indigenous culture, fathers and grandfathers, telling the generational story of a boy and his grandfather.
Robertson is a Winnipeg-based Swampy Cree heritage writer. His other books graphic novels Will I see? and Sugar drops and the graphic novel series The Reckoner, the picture book When we were alone, the YA Misewa Saga series and the memory Black water.
LISTEN | David A. Robertson discusses On the Trapline with Shelagh Rogers:
15:33On David Robertson’s trapline
Other notable finalists include Rachel Cusk, nominated in the fiction category for her novel Second place; Joe Ollmann, also nominated in the fiction category for his graphic novel Fictitious father; and Hoa Nguyen, nominated in the poetry category for A thousand times you lose your treasure.
The winners will be announced on November 17, 2021.
The 2020 edition of the awards has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2020 prizes were awarded at the start of 2021.
You can see the finalists in the seven English language categories below.
The 2020 winner was Five little Indians by Michelle Bon.
The 2020 winner was This red line goes straight to the heart by Madhur Anand.
The 2020 winner was Norma Jeane Baker from Trojan by Anne Carson.
The 2020 winner was The king of jam sandwiches by Eric Walters.
The 2020 winner was The Barnabus project by brothers fans.
The 2020 winner was Kamloopa: A History of an Indigenous Matriarch by Kim Senklip Harvey.
The 2020 winner was If you hear me by Pascale Quiviger, translated by Lazer Lederhendler.