The Canada Council for the Arts and C2C Communications have announced that Kingston-based author Sadiqa de Meijer is a finalist for this year’s prestigious Governor General’s Literary Awards.
70 books were chosen as the best to have been published in Canada in 2021, in seven categories, in French and in English.
Recognized in the Non-Fiction category, Meijer’s novel ‘alfabet / alphabet: a memory of a first language‘is the account of his transition from Dutch to English:’ Exploring questions of identity, landscape, family and translation, the essays navigate the changing cultural currents of the language using an eclectic approach to storytelling. . “
Sadiqa is a former GGBooks finalist in the Poetry category for her outstanding poems, won the CBC Canada Writes Poetry Prize for ‘Single great aunt, ‘and his first collection of poetry’Leaving Howe Island‘was also a finalist for the 2014 Governor General’s Award for English-language Poetry.
“Whenever we prepare to unveil the Governor General’s Literary Awards, which recognize and celebrate some of Canada’s greatest literary works of the year, I am struck by the talent, imagination and creativity of the people who put these books in our lives. Said Simon Brault, Director and CEO, Canada Council for the Arts. “Given the many challenges we have all faced over the past nineteen months, I am especially grateful and honored to honor these authors and their work. Literature can serve many purposes and in the midst of these uncertain times, as we witness the ongoing transformation of our society, I am confident in the power of these incredible books to heal, connect and continue to move us forward.
Founded in 1936, the Governor General’s Literary Awards are among the oldest and most prestigious awards in Canada, with a total annual value of $ 450,000. Each winner receives $ 25,000, with the publisher receiving $ 3,000 to promote the winning book. Finalists receive $ 1,000 each.
The 14 winners for 2021 will be announced on poundsgg.ca November 17, 2021.