The Governor General’s Literary Award finalists for fiction in English were announced yesterday. The five books vying for this year’s prize are:
- The Free World by David Bezmozgis
- Half-Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan
- The Little Shadows by Marina Endicott
- The Sisters Brothers by Patrick de Witt
- Touch by Alexi Zentner
In all 68 finalists across 7 categories, and both official languages were named. For more details see the Canada Council news release here.
This announcement represents a hat trick for Esi Edugyan, whose novel Half-Blood Blues has been nominated for the Booker, The Giller and now the Governor General’s awards.
Winners will be announced November 15, 2011.