Kate Eichhorn, assistant professor of Culture and Media at Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts, is a finalist for the 2011 Governor General’s Literary Awards. The GGs, as they are colloquially known, are Canada’s national book awards, given annually by the Canada Council of the Arts. Eichhorn, who originally hails from Montreal, was nominated for the poetry collection Fieldnotes, a forensic (2011). Eichhorn is among 68 finalists for the GGs, which celebrate the excellence of Canadian writers, illustrators and translators. The winners will be announced on November 15. For more information, please visit www.canadacouncil.ca/prizes/ggla.
Lauren Redniss, assistant professor of Illustration at Parsons The New School for Design, and Thanhha Lai, who teaches critical reading and writing at Parsons, were each nominated for a National Book Award, one of the most prestigious American literary prizes. Redniss was nominated for Radioactive: Marie and Pierre Curie, A Tale of Love and Fallout, an illustrated non-fiction book documenting the life and work of scientist Marie Curie. Lai was nominated for her book Inside Out & Back Again, a young adult fiction book charting a year in the life of a young girl forced by war to flee Saigon and make a new home in America. Redniss and Lai will both have home field advantage at the National Book Awards Ceremony, which will be held on November 15 at The New School. For more information, please visit www.nationalbook.org.