Canadian Man Booker Prize contender Eleanor Catton is in the running for another prestigious honour – a Governor General’s Literary Award.
Catton’s Booker-shortlisted novel The Luminaries (McClelland & Stewart) has been named a finalist for the $25,000 Governor General’s English-language fiction prize.
Former Scotiabank Giller Prize winner Joseph Boyden is also on the short list with The Orenda (Hamish Hamilton Canada), which is on this year’s Giller long list.
The group of five Governor General’s fiction finalists also includes Colin McAdam’s A Beautiful Truth (Hamish Hamilton Canada), which is a finalist for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize.
Shyam Selvadurai, meanwhile, is in the running for The Hungry Ghosts (Doubleday Canada), and Kenneth Bonert made the cut with The Lion Seeker (Random House of Canada – Knopf).
The Canada Council for the Arts administers the Governor General’s literary awards, which honour writers in both official languages and in seven categories.
The winners will be announced Nov. 13 in Toronto.