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3 Guelph authors nominated for Governor General’s 2020 Literary Awards

Guelph author Thomas King is shown in a handout photo.
Guelph author Thomas King is shown in a handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Trina Koster

The list of finalists for the Governor General’s 2020 Literary Awards includes three authors from Guelph.

Madhur Anand is nominated in the non-fiction category for This Red Line Goes Straight To Your Heart: A Memoir of Halves, while Thomas King is nominated in the fiction category for Indians on Vacation. 

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Both are University of Guelph professors and King is a former winner for his 2014 novel, The Back of the Turtles.

Eric Walters is also nominated in the young people’s literature category for The King of Jam Sandwiches.

There are a total of 70 books across 14 categories that were nominated for 2020.

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The 2020 awards are being revealed a year later due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2021 finalists and winners will be announced in the fall.

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Founded in 1936, the Governor General’s Literary Awards are one of Canada’s oldest and most prestigious literary awards.

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The awards offer a total of $450,000 in prizes and the winners will be announced on June 1.

The complete list of nominees can be found on the awards’ website.

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