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Books Annabel Lyon and Alice Munro among finalists for Governor General's award for fiction

After spending eight years at the library toiling over her debut novel, The Golden Mean , British Columbia writer Annabel Lyon has been rewarded with nominations for three major Canadian literary prizes.

Lyon's novel about Aristotle's relationship with Alexander the Great was recently shortlisted for the $25,000 Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize and the $50,000 Scotiabank Giller Prize. On Wednesday, she learned that the book is also vying for the prestigious Governor General's Award, worth $25,000.

Lyon, who was inspired to write The Golden Mean after being influenced by Aristotle's writings during her philosophy studies at B.C.'s Simon Fraser University, faces some stiff competition.

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CanLit legend Alice Munro also made the list for her short story collection Too Much Happiness . Munro took her name out of the running for the Giller prize, saying she wanted the spotlight to shine on younger writers. Despite her decision to opt out of the Giller, Munro's book did earn a spot on the Writers' Trust short list.

Newfoundland writer Michael Crummey made the fiction list for his novel Galore , while Kate Pullinger, who lives in London but is originally from Cranbrook, B.C., is in the running for her novel The Mistress of Nothing . Victoria's Deborah Willis rounds out the list with a nod for her collection of short stories entitled Vanishing and Other Stories .

In an interesting twist, acclaimed fiction writer M.G. Vassanji - who has twice won the Giller Prize - made the Governor General's short list for non-fiction for A Place Within: Rediscovering India.

The winners will be announced Nov. 17 in Montreal.

All the nominations:

Fiction

Michael Crummey, Galore

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Annabel Lyon, The Golden Mean

Alice Munro, Too Much Happiness

Kate Pullinger, The Mistress of Nothing

Deborah Willis, Vanishing and Other Stories

Poetry

David W. McFadden, Be Calm, Honey

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Philip Kevin Paul, Little Hunger

Sina Queyras, Expressway

Carmine Starnino, This Way Out

David Zieroth, The Fly in Autumn

Drama

Beverley Cooper, Innocence Lost: A Play about Steven Truscott

Kevin Loring, Where the Blood Mixes

Joan MacLeod, Another Home Invasion

Hannah Moscovitch, East of Berlin

Michael Nathanson, Talk

Non-fiction

Randall Hansen, Fire and Fury: The Allied Bombing of Germany, 1942-45

Trevor Herriot, Grass, Sky, Song: Promise and Peril in the World of Grassland Birds

Eric S. Margolis, American Raj: Liberation or Domination? (Resolving the Conflict Between the West and the Muslim World)

Eric Siblin, The Cello Suites: J.S. Bach, Pablo Casals, and the Search for a Baroque Masterpiece

M.G. Vassanji, A Place Within: Rediscovering India

Children's Literature: Text

Shelley Hrdlitschka, Sister Wife

Sharon Jennings, Home Free

Caroline Pignat, Greener Grass: The Famine Years

Robin Stevenson, A Thousand Shades of Blue

Tim Wynne-Jones, The Uninvited

Children's Literature: Illustration

Rachel Berman, Bradley McGogg, the Very Fine Frog

Irene Luxbacher, The Imaginary Garden , text by Andrew Larsen

Jirina Marton, Bella's Tree , text by Janet Russell

Luc Melanson, My Great Big Mamma , text by Olivier Ka, translation by Helen Mixter

Ningeokuluk Teevee, Alego , text by Ningeokuluk Teevee, translation by Nina Manning-Toonoo

Translation: French to English

Phyllis Aronoff and Howard Scott, A Slight Case of Fatigue , English translation of Un peu de fatigue by Stephane Bourguignon

Jo-Anne Elder, One , English translation of Seul on est by Serge Patrice Thibodeau

David Homel and Fred A. Reed, Wildlives , English translation of Champagne by Monique Proulx

Susan Ouriou, Pieces of Me , English translation of La liberté? Connais pas by Charlotte Gingras

Fred A. Reed, Empire of Desire: The Abolition of Time , English translation of Le temps aboli: l'Occident et ses grands recits by Thierry Hentsch

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