Peer assessment committees have determined the 70 books that were the best to have been published in Canada in 2020 - and Rolla's Donna Kane is on the short list.
“In this difficult and oppressive time, Canadian literature is a source of comfort, inspiration and escape. The finalists for the Governor General’s Literary Awards make us think, move us, transport us, give us the mot juste or translate our thoughts into imagery. They are a good way to cultivate hope," says Simon Brault, Director and CEO, Canada Council for the Arts during the announcement.
The regular Governor General Books schedule will resume with the 2021 finalists and winners revealed this fall. On June 1, 2021 the 14 winners for 2020 will be announced, while in the fall the finalists and winners for 2021 will be announced.
Kane is a finalist in the poetry category for her work Orrery. The poetry collection focuses on the theme of Pioneer 10, an American space probe that was launched in the early 70s to study Jupiter’s moons. Kane’s work was recently labeled as a “poetry collection to watch” by CBC Books.
The composition of the 2020 English-language peer assessment committees for poetry was David Groulx, Clea Roberts, and Johanna Skibsrud.