Three Island authors finalists for Governor General's Awards in youth literature

Three authors from Vancouver Island have been named as finalists for the Governor General’s Literary Awards, celebrating the 70 best books published in Canada last year.

Victoria’s Sarah Cassidy and Polly Horvath and Royston’s Jordan Scott earned nominations Tuesday in two Young People’s categories. Cassidy won her nomination for Nevers, a book set in Burgundy, France, in 1799, while Horvath drew her nod for Pine Island Home, which follows the journey of four orphans who are sent to live in a remote area of British Columbia.

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Both were nominated in the Young People’s Literature – Text category.

Scott is competing in the Young People’s Literature – Illustrated Books category for I Talk Like a River, which he authored with Halifax illustrator Sydney Smith. The book, whose central character has a stutter and struggles to fit in, was previously named Best Children’s Book of the Year by The New York Times.

Books published in Canada across seven categories, in both French and English, were eligible for 14 awards, which will be handed out June 1 on ggbooks.ca.

mdevlin@timescolonist.com

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