Of this year’s 35 nominations for Governor General’s Literary Awards, I have so far read three — all of them, coincidentally, connected to my work at CNIB.
Late Breaking by K.D. Miller - Fiction
K.D. Miller was on staff in the CNIB Recording Studio during most of my almost sixteen years there. Alex Colville paintings served as prompts for the ten brilliant stories in this collection. The GG is not the first major prize this book has been up for. If you don’t know Kathleen’s work, her All Saints is definitely worth a read too.
Girl of the Southern Sea by Michelle Kadarusman - Young People’s Literature Text
The story of Nia, a girl in a Jakarta slum selling banana fritters at the market as she longs to continue her education and become a writer. A wonderful combination of gritty reality and fanciful story-telling, this is the second book by Michelle Kadarusman that I’ve had the pleasure to narrate.
Stand on the Sky by Erin Bow - Young People’s Literature Text
The story of a girl in Mongolia training to become an eagle hunter, with much more at stake for her family than her love of eagles. A beautifully written page-turner for readers younger than those for Erin’s previous books, it will be a fun book to narrate when I’ve finished Girl of the Southern Sea.
Which books on this year’s GG list have you read? Please feel free to suggest what you think I should read next!