By Lena Coakley
The Canada Council for the Arts announced the 68 finalists for the 2011 Governor General’s Literary Awards yesterday. The GGs, Canada’s national book awards, celebrate the excellence of Canadian writers, illustrators and translators.
Children’s Literature — Text
Children’s Literature — Illustration
Along a Long Road, written and illustrated by Frank Viva (HarperCollins)
Lena Coakley was born in Milford, Connecticut and grew up on Long Island. In high school, creative writing was the only class she ever failed (nothing was ever good enough to hand in!), but, undeterred, she went on to study writing at Sarah Lawrence College.
She got interested in young adult literature when she moved to Toronto, Canada, and began working for CANSCAIP, the Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers, where she eventually became the Administrative Director.
She is now a full-time writer living in Toronto. Witchlanders is her debut novel. Lena contributes news and interviews from the children’s-YA creative, literature and publishing community in Canada.