2009 Govenor General’s Literary Award Finalists
The 2009 Governor General’s Literary Awards Finalists were announced recently. Four out of the five nominees in the Children’s Literature — Text category are YA:
- Shelley Hrdlitschka, Sister Wife. (Orca)
- Caroline Pignat, Greener Grass: The Famine Years. (Red Deer Press)
- Robin Stevenson, A Thousand Shades of Blue. (Orca)
- Tim Wynne-Jones, The Uninvited. (Candlewick Press)
I read and enjoyed Sister Wife and The Uninvited, but the other two YA titles are new to me. I don’t think teens pay much attention to the GGs (or anyone outside the publishing or library world for that matter.) I have mixed feelings about award programs in general. I think it’s important to highlight the “best of the best” of Canadian literature, but I often think that a lot more could be done to promote awards programs, like the GGs, to readers. As prestigious as the GGs awards are, I’m not sure they have much value if readers aren’t aware of them or don’t care.
More awards news soon…