News and Announcements

The final months of 2011 brought to a close a banner year in children’s publishing, with the announcement of major book awards both in Canada and abroad.

In November, the Canada Council for the Arts announced the winners of the 2011 Governor General’s Literary Awards. In the children’s-lit categories, Cybèle Young’s Ten Birds and Caroline Merola’s Lili et les poilus won for illustration, while Christopher Moore’s From Then to Now: A Short History of the World and Martin Fournier’s Les aventures de Radisson: L’enfer ne brûle pas took home top honours for text.

November also saw the announcement of the prestigious National Book Awards in the New York City. Among the winners was Thanhha Lai’s Vietnam War saga Inside Out and Back Again, which placed first in the Young People’s Literature category.

Nor is 2012 off to an inauspicious start. In January, Canadian-born author Moira Young won a Costa Book Award for her debut YA novel, Blood Red Road. The Costa Book Awards, formerly the Whitbread Book Awards, recognize fiction that combines popular appeal with literary merit.