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Guernica Books are Governor General Award Finalists

We are ecstatic to share that two Guernica Editions books have been announced as Governor General Awards Finalist 2013. Austin Clarke‘s Where the Sun Shines Best (Guernica 2013) is a finalist in the Poetry category, and France Théoret‘s The Stalinist Wife (Guernica 2013) translated by Luise von Flotow in the translation category.

As Canada’s national literary awards, the GGs represent the rich diversity of Canadian literature. Some 1,600 books are submitted each year from English and French-language publishers representing authors, translators and illustrators from across Canada, in seven categories.

From Kandahar to Bridgetown to Mississauga, Ontario, Austin Clarke’s Where the Sun Shines Best encompasses a tragedy of epic scope, a lyrical meditation on poverty, racism and war, and a powerful indictment of the ravages of imperialism. Austin Clarke is a prolific author, and culminating with the international success of The Polished Hoe in 2002, Austin has published ten novels, six short story collections, and three memoirs in the United States, England, Canada, Australia, and Holland.

In The Stalinist’s Wife, Louise Aubert leaves Mathieu Lord when he joins the Stalinist party. Fifteen years later, she writes a letter in which she dares express her vision of their common history, marked by authoritarianism, mental cruelty and the absence of sharing in the name of love. In the story that follows this letter, Louise recalls each sequence of her break with Mathieu and exposes the duplicity of the intellectual avant-garde. She also describes how she re-entered society freed from censorship and how she finds the inner strength to speak the truth. France Théoret is recognized as one of the important Quebec feminist writers and the recent winner of the prestigious Prix Athanase-David for the body of her work. Luise von Flotow is a translation studies professor at the University of Ottawa. She has translated a number of books for Guernica, including Doubly Suspect, and Girls Closed In.

For each category, a jury, comprised of fellow authors, translators and illustrators, makes the final selection. Each GG winner receives $25,000 and a specially-bound copy of their winning book. Non-winning finalists each receive $1,000. The publisher of each winning book receives $3,000 to help promote the book.

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