2012 Governor General’s Literary Award Winner

Today, the Governor General’s Literary Award winners were announced at the Conservatoire de musique et d’art dramatique du Québec in Montréal.

Tundra Books is happy to announce that The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen by Susin Nielsen is the Winner of the 2012 Governor General’s Literary Award in Children’s Text. Congratulations to Susin Nielsen!

The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen
Written by Susin Nielsen
Hardcover | 256 pages
ISBN: 978-1-77049-372-8
eBook: 978-1-77049-373-5
Of the winning title, the jury said, “The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen by Susin Nielsen is an engaging grief story. Thought-provoking and relevant, it addresses the effects of bullying in a realistic, compelling and compassionate way, exemplifying the adage ‘There are two sides to every story.’ Henry’s journey is moving and weirdly, wildly funny.”

This marks the second consecutive year that Tundra Books has published the winning title in this category. In 2011, author Christopher Moore’s From Then to Now: A Short History of the World took the honour. Tundra’s publisher, Alison Morgan, said, “We are thrilled to have another Governor General’s Award-winner on our list. The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen is about the terrible aftermath of bullying. As a humourist and novelist, Susin’s deep understanding of family relationships and teens allows her to explore difficult territory with a deft touch. We are proud to have published this important novel and to have Susin on our list.”

We would also like to congratulate all of the Governor General’s Literary Award finalists, winners, and publishers! What a wonderful day for Canadian literature!

Finalists for the 2012 Governor General’s Literary Awards


Each year, the Governor General’s Literary Awards (the GGs) honour the best in Canadian literature. Tundra Books would like to showcase our two finalists!

For Children’s Text, congratulations to Susin Nielsen!

The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen
Written by Susin Nielsen
Format: Hardcover
Ages 11-14
256 pages
ISBN: 978-1-77049-372-8
eBook: 978-1-77049-373-5
Thirteen-year-old Henry’s life changes forever when his older brother leaves one morning with their father’s hunting rifle. At his therapist’s suggestion, Henry confides in a journal all his thoughts and his love of the wrestling show Saturday Night Smash-Up.

For Children’s Illustration, congratulations to David Parkins!

In the Bag!
Margaret Knight Wraps It Up

Written by Monica Kulling
Illustrated by David Parkins
Format: Hardcover
Ages 5-8
32 pages
ISBN: 978-1-77049-239-4
Margaret (Mattie) is different from most American girls living in 1850. She loves to build and invent! Best known for inventing the paper bag, Mattie would go on to have 90 inventions to her name and over 20 patents. From Tundra’s Great Idea Series of inventor biographies.

The winners will be announced on Tuesday, November 13, 2012. Fingers crossed!

2011 Governor General’s Literary Award Winner


Today, the Governor General’s Literary Award winners were announced at the Enwave Theatre at Harbourfront Centre.

Tundra is happy to announce that From Then to Now by Christopher Moore is the winner of the 2011 Governor General’s Literary Award in Children’s Literature – Text.

Congratulations to Christopher Moore!

From Then to Now
A Short History of the World

Written by Christopher Moore
Illustrated by Andrej Krystoforski
Hardcover | 192 Pages
Ages 10+
ISBN 978-0-88776-540-7
From Then to Now: A Short History of the World, by Christopher Moore, is a fascinating examination of the evolution of human civilization that is global in its span and inclusive in its outlook. The energetic narrative tells a story that rivals the very best fiction.” – Canada Council for the Arts

2011 Governor General’s Literary Award Finalist


The Canada Council for the Arts announced the 68 finalists for the 2011 Governor General’s Literary Awards today! The Governor General’s celebrate the excellence of Canadian writers, illustrators, and translators. The English and French awards are in the categories of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, drama, children’s literature (text and illustration) and translation.

Tundra is happy to announce that From Then to Now by Christopher Moore is a finalist for the 2011 Governor General’s Literary Awards in Children’s Text.

From Then to Now
A Short History of the World

Written by Christopher Moore
Illustrated by Andrej Krystoforski
Hardcover | 192 Pages
Ages 10+
ISBN 978-0-88776-540-7

Praise:
“Capably told and uniquely illustrated, From Then to Now explains how imaginative human cultures have produced an intellectually and socially dynamic world…. Far from a history of conquerors, this exceptional history of humanity is a breath of fresh air” – School Library Journal

“Moore does an admirable job not only getting so much history in, but displaying how it can be cyclical, a constant succession of societies rising and falling. That premise will prompt much discussion among curious young minds.” – Quill & Quire

“…this picture of our last 50,000 years covers well-scouted ground….” – Booklist

“…this book offers a wonderful read that has a uniquely Canadian perspective scattered throughout…. Moore skillfully weaves his information with locations throughout the globe…. Moore takes a huge amount of information and distills it into a cohesive read… a useful addition as both a reference source and a thoughtful read for those interested in social history.” – Resource Links

“In this ambitious work, Moore … sets out to tell the story of humanity…. Moore does a marvelous job in telling the story of civilization in diverse parts of the world…. Highly recommended.” – CM Magazine

“…in fewer than 200 pages, Moore takes on the history of the whole world with wonderful resorts…. A polished storyteller, Moore communicates simply, adding drama and laughter as he relates human actions and interactions from around the globe…. Andrej Krystoforski has created bright watercolours to begin each chapter…. From the first to the last page, the words invite solid readers to explore From Then to Now: A Short History of the World and enjoy a story told in a timeless fashion.” – Canadian Children’s Book News

2010 Governor General’s Literary Awards

Tundra would like to congratulate Lesley Fairfield!! Her graphic novel, Tyranny, is nominated for the 2010 Governor General’s Literary Awards in Children’s Literature – Text.

Tyranny
Written and illustrated by Lesley Fairfield
Trade Paperback | 120 pages
Ages 11 and up
ISBN 978-0-88776-903-0
Brilliantly and realistically presented, Tyranny is a must-read for anyone looking for a better understanding of eating disorders and for everyone looking for a compelling page-turner that is truly a story of triumph and hope.

Praise for Tyranny:

“… This is one of the most moving and important graphic novels to come along in years…. Fairfield treats this important subject with intelligence and empathy, and personifying Anna’s horrible self-image in the character of Tyranny is a unique and compelling approach. The simple yet powerful black-and-white drawings do wonders in bringing the book’s message to its readers. Tyranny is so important that both younger and older teens will benefit from reading it. Every public and school library should own at least one copy of this amazing book.” – Starred Review, School Library Journal

Tyranny is a page-turner…. Fairfield captures the nuanced psychological somersaults of the anorexic experience pitch-perfectly….  She immerses us in the social and physical experience of anorexia…with both guts and grace.” – NOW Magazine

“Lesley Fairfield juxtaposes images of a slender, attractive Anna with the flabby, repulsive girl Anna sees in the mirror…. Enter Tyranny – a skeletal figure who acts as Anna’s inner critic…” – Graphic Spotlight, Kirkus Reviews

“…the emotions are real…. The story is told with equally simple words, relying on the pictures to provide the punch. …effective…” – Booklist

“The graphic form impels but doesn’t rush the reader along with Anna on her dangerous dance with a severe and recurrent eating disorder. The malevolent squiggle that is Tyranny is never out of the picture for long.” – The Globe and Mail

“…Although Anna tries several times to break the cycle of her disorder, Tyranny always pulls her back in. It’s this struggle to regain her will to live that makes Tyranny a powerful read.” – Quill & Quire

Lesley Fairfield is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design in illustration. Her work appears in many children’s books. Lesley’s personal thirty-year struggle with anorexia and bulimia has informed her work concerning body image, which has appeared in Dance in Canada magazine and in York University’s International Women’s Studies Journal.