Seventy books across a range of categories have been announced as finalists for the 2017 Governor General’s Literary Awards.
The announcement was made Wednesday by the Canada Council in a media release. The winners will be made public Nov. 1. And they will be presented with their awards on Nov. 29 by the country’s new governor general Julie Payette at Rideau Hall.
The awards were started in 1936. The awards have a value of $450,000 and is funded, administered and promoted by the Canada Council. Finalists are chosen by juries of peers. Eligible books this year were published between Sept. 1, 2016 and Sept. 30, 2017 for English-language books and July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017 for French-language books.
Each winner receives $25,000. The publisher of each winning book receives $3,000. Finalists receive $1,000. Over 81 years, 700 works by more than 500 authors, poets, playwrights, translators and illustrators have been honoured.
Peter Robb began his connection with the arts community in Ottawa in the mid-1980s when he was the administrator and public relations director of the Great Canadian Theatre Company. After a long career in journalism with the Ottawa Citizen where he served in a number of different posts he returned to the arts when he became the Citizen's arts editor.