BGYiddishbannercovTransatlantic would like to congratulate Gary Barwin whose novel, YIDDISH FOR PIRATES (Penguin Random House Canada), has been shortlisted the the Governor General’s Award for Fiction!

YIDDISH FOR PIRATES by Gary Barwin is a brilliant novel filled with Jewish takes on classic pirate tales – fights, prison escapes, and exploits on the high seas – but it’s also a tender love story. Rich with puns, colourful language, post-colonial satire and Kabbalistic hijinks, YIDDISH FOR PIRATES is also a compelling examination of mortality, memory, identity and persecution, from one of this country’s
most talented writers.

Barwin2014bwEach year, the Canada Council for the Arts honours the best in Canadian literature with its Governor General’s Literary Awards (the GGs). As Canada’s national literary awards, the GGs represent the rich diversity of Canadian literature. For each category, a peer assessment committee, comprised of fellow authors, translators and illustrators, makes the final selection. Each GG winner receives $25,000; each nonwinning finalist receives $1,000. The publisher of each winning book receives $3,000 to help promote the book.

The winners will be announced on October 25th. For the full list of finalists, please visit Ggbooks.ca/gglafinalists2016

Marq de Villliers Receives Order of Canada

Marq de Villiers was presented with the Order of Canada, by Governor General of Canada His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, at a ceremony on November 17, 2010.

From the Governor General’s web site:

“Marq de Villiers (Eagle Head, Nova Scotia) is a gifted social and political commentator. His long and distinguished career has included contributions as a journalist, editor, and as the author or co-author of more than a dozen books. He has sought to foster understanding and to raise awareness of diverse topics, including history, politics and the environment. His vision and skill have been recognized with prestigious literary awards both in Canada and in his native South Africa.”