Oct 12, 2022

By Jeremy Logan

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Sheila Heti is among the well-known Canadian writers now on the short list for the Governor General’s Literary Awards.

The Canada Council for the Arts named the 70 finalists across seven categories in both English and French Wednesday.

The 14 winners, who each receive $25,000, will be announced on November 16th, 2022.

Toronto-based Heti is nominated in the English-language fiction category for “Pure Colour,” her new novel about “art, love, death and time.”

Heti will face off against four up-and-coming authors, including septuagenarian debut novelist Brian Thomas Isaac, who is nominated for “All the Quiet Places.”

Cree-Metis writer Lisa Bird-Wilson is nominated for “Probably Ruby,” about an adopted woman’s search for her Indigenous identity.

Hamilton writer Sheila Murray is in the running for “Finding Edward,” which weaves the parallel stories of two biracial Black men across decades.

Rounding out the short list is New Westminster, B.C.-based author Shashi Bhat’s “The Most Precious Substance on Earth,” a darkly comic novel that tracks a young woman’s journey from high school student to high school teacher.

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