This week, the Canada Council for the Arts revealed the 2021 finalists for the Governor General’s Literary Awards (GGBooks). Discover the 70 finalists at They were selected by Canada Council’s peer assessment committees across seven categories each for French- and English-language books.

Fall is a great time to cozy up with a good book, we invite you to update your reading list with this outstanding 2021 GGBooks selection. Stay tuned! The winners will be revealed on November 17.  The Canada Council for the Arts is delighted to administer, fund and promote the Governor General’s Literary Award, which are among Canada’s oldest and most prestigious literary awards.

Discover the two B.C. books selected as 2021 finalists:


A History of the Theories of Rain
Stephen Collis

A History of the Theories of Rain explores the strange effect our current sense of impending doom has on our relation to time, approaching the unfolding climate catastrophe through its dissolution of the categories of “man-made” and “natural.” How do we go on with our daily lives while a disastrous future impinges upon every moment?


A History of the Theories of RainFront Cover




Tainna: The Unseen Ones
Norma Dunning
Douglas & McIntyre

Drawing on both lived experience and cultural memory, Norma Dunning brings together six powerful new short stories centred on modern-day Inuk characters in Tainna. Ranging from homeless to extravagantly wealthy, from spiritual to jaded, young to elderly, and even from alive to deceased, Dunning’s characters are united by shared feelings of alienation, displacement and loneliness resulting from their experiences in southern Canada.


Tainna : The Unseen Ones, Short Stories – Douglas & McIntyre



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