Two Winnipeg authors have landed on the list of finalists for the 2020 Governor General’s Literary Awards — and in the same category.
Colleen Nelson’s Harvey Holds His Own, published by Pajama Press, and David A. Robertson’s The Barren Grounds, published by Puffin Canada, are among the five finalists in the Young People’s Literature - Text category. Robertson won a Governor General’s Award in 2017 in the young people’s illustrated text category for his book When We Were Alone, illustrated by Julie Flett. His follow-up to that book, On the Trapline (also illustrated by Flett), was published Tuesday.
Finalists in the fiction category are Francesca Ekwuyasi’s Butter Honey Pig Bread, Michelle Good’s Five Little Indians, Thomas King’s Indians on Vacation, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson’s Noopiming: The Cure for White Ladies, and Lisa Robertson’s The Baudelaire Fractal.
The non-fiction finalists are Billy-Ray Belcourt’s A History of My Brief Body, Amanda Leduc’s Disfigured: On Fairy Tales, Disability, and Making Space, Ivan Coyote’s Rebent Sinner, Tessa McWatt’s Shame on Me: An Anatomy of Race and Belonging, and Madhur Anand’s This Red Line Goes Straight to Your Heart: A Memoir in Halves.
Winners in each of the 14 categories receive $25,000, with each finalist receiving $1,000. The winners will be announced June 1. For a full list of finalists see ggbooks.ca.
Literary editor, drinks writer
Ben Sigurdson edits the Free Press books section, and also writes about wine, beer and spirits.