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2017 Governor General's Award Winners

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An amazing selection of books were announced as winners by the Governor General's Literary Awards in 2017. Missing from our list is The Way of Strangers: Encounters with the Islamic State, by Graeme Wood.
Indian Arm

Indian Arm

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also available: Paperback
tagged : canadian

Rita and Alfred Allmers live in an isolated family cabin on native leasehold land overlooking Indian Arm, a still untamed glacial fjord just north of Vancouver, BC. With Alfred—a formerly promising novelist—now struggling with his latest work, Rita has been tasked with caring for their adopted son Wolfie, a sensitive First Nations teen who has been designated as “special needs” for much of his life. Rita’s resentments and frustrations are further embittered by her younger half-sister, …

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On Not Losing My Father's Ashes in the Flood

On Not Losing My Father's Ashes in the Flood

edition:Paperback
tagged : death, canadian

Winner of the 3rd Prize for Poetry in the 2017 Alcuin Society's Book Design Awards

Winner of the Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry

Shortlisted for the City of Calgary 2016 W.O. Mitchell Book Prize

Finalist for the Poetry category of the High Plains Book Awards

In his final years, Richard Harrison's father suffered from a form of dementia, but he died without ever forgetting the poems he had memorized as a student and had taught to Richard as a child. In 2013, the poet feared his father's ashes …

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When We Were Alone

When We Were Alone

edition:eBook
also available: Hardcover

When a young girl helps tend to her grandmother’s garden, she begins to notice things that make her curious. Why does her grandmother have long, braided hair and beautifully coloured clothing? Why does she speak another language and spend so much time with her family? As she asks her grandmother about these things, she is told about life in a residential school a long time ago, where all of these things were taken away. When We Were Alone is a story about a difficult time in history, and, ulti …

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Marrow Thieves

Marrow Thieves

edition:Paperback

Humanity has nearly destroyed its world through global warming, but now an even greater evil lurks. The indigenous people of North America are being hunted and harvested for their bone marrow, which carries the key to recovering something the rest of the population has lost: the ability to dream. In this dark world, Frenchie and his companions struggle to survive as they make their way up north to the old lands. For now, survival means staying hidden - but what they don't know is that one of the …

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Readopolis

Readopolis

edition:Paperback
also available: eBook
tagged : literary

From award-winning writer Bertrand Laverdure comes Readopolis, a novel translated by Oana Avasilichioaei.

It's 2006 and down-and-out protagonist Ghislain works as a reader for a publishing house in Montreal. He's bored with all the wannabe writers who are determined to leave a trace of their passage on earth with their feeble attempts at literary arts. Obsessed by literature and its future (or lack thereof), he reads everything he can in order to translate reality into the literary delirium that …

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We'll All Be Burnt in Our Beds Some Night

We'll All Be Burnt in Our Beds Some Night

A Novel
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also available: Paperback
tagged : literary, humorous

A blackly comic and heart-rending odyssey by the inimitable author of Down to the Dirt

Scrappy tough guy and three-time loser Johnny Keough is going a little stir-crazy awaiting trial for an alleged assault charge involving his girlfriend, Madonna, and a teapot. Facing three to five years in a maximum-security prison, Johnny knows this might just be the end of the road. But when Madonna doesn’t show up for court due to a fatal accident, shell-shocked Johnny seizes his unexpected “clean slate” …

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