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Six BC writers shortlisted for the GG’s

October 12th, 2022

Several BC-based writers made the Governor General’s Literary Awards Finalist list this year.

In the fiction category, Falkland’s Brian Thomas Isaac was shortlisted for his debut novel, All the Quiet Places (Brindle & Glass/TouchWood Editions $22) about a vulnerable Indigenous boy growing up in 1960s Okanagan; and New Westminster’s Shashi Bhat’s (right) second title, The Most Precious Substance on Earth (McClelland & Stewart/Penguin Random House Canada $24.95) that tells of teen years and dark secrets was also shortlisted. Shashi Bhat was on the cover of BC BookWorld newspaper’s Spring 2022 issue.

Julie Morstad

Julie Morstad of Vancouver was shortlisted in the young people’s literature – illustrated books category for Time is a Flower (Tundra Books, Penguin Random House Canada $23.99). Morstad recently won the Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature prize for this meditation on the difficult-to-grasp concept of time.

In the drama category two plays with Vancouver-based playwrights were shortlisted: Dorothy Dittrich for The Piano Teacher: A Healing Key (Talonbooks $16.95) and Daniel Arnold and Medina Hahn who co-wrote the interactive play, with Darrell Dennis of Los Angeles, US, Inheritance: a pick-the-path experience (Talonbooks $24.95).

The winners will be revealed on November 16. 

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