Poet Lane a Gov.-Gen. award finalist

North Saanich author up against four other poets for top prize.

North Saanich poet Patrick Lane is a finalist in this year’s Gov.-Gen. literary awards

NORTH SAANICH — Poet Patrick Lane is a finalist for the Governor General’s literary awards.

Lane’s collection of poetry, entitled Washita, was published last year and is on the short list among English books of poetry up for the prestigious award.

Lane, who lives in North Saanich with his wife and award-winning writer Lorna Crozier, is up against four other poets for the award:

• Kayla Czaga (Vancouver) For Your Safety Please Hold On

• Liz Howard (Toronto) Infinite Citizen of the Shaking Tent

• M. Travis Lane (Fredericton, N.B.) Crossover

• Robyn Sarah (Montreal) My Shoes Are Killing Me

The awards are handed out by the Canada Council for the Arts and winners in seven (English language) categories — poetry and drama, to non-fiction and children’s literature — receive $25,000. Non-winning finalists each receive $1,000.

The Governor General’s Literary Award winners will be announced Oct. 28 at http://ggbooks.ca.