October 21, 2008 / 4:54 PM / 10 years ago

Gov. General literary finalists announced

TORONTO (Reuters) - Seventy-three authors are up for Canada’s prestigious Governor General’s Literary Awards, with themes of mortality, war and place figuring prominently in several of the books, the Canada Council for Arts said on Tuesday.

Canada's Governor General Michaelle Jean delivers the Speech from the Throne in the Senate chamber on Parliament Hill in Ottawa October 16, 2007. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

The English-language fiction finalists are Rivka Galchen for “Atmospheric Disturbances”, published by HarperCollins; Rawi Hage for “Cockroach”, House of Anansi Press; Nino Ricci’s “The Origin of Species”, Doubleday Canada; David Adams Richards for “The Lost Highway”, Doubleday Canada; and Fred Stenson for “The Great Karoo”, also Doubleday Canada.

Hage’s novel is the only one that is also up for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, while Galchen is also named as a finalist for the Rogers Writers’ Trust award.

More than 1,400 books have been submitted for the Governor General’s awards in seven categories: fiction, non-fiction, poetry, drama, children’s literature in text and illustration, and translation.

The winners will be announced on November 18. Each will receive C$25,000 ($20,500).

For a full list of the finalists see www.canadacouncil.ca.

Reporting by Jennifer Kwan; editing by Rob Wilson

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