Author Carol Bishop-Gwyn’s The Pursuit of Perfection: A Life of Celia Franca has been shortlisted for a 2012 Governor General’s Literary Award for non-fiction. Bishop-Gwyn’s book tells the life story of Celia Franca, founding artistic director of The National Ballet of Canada and the company’s artistic director for twenty-four years. Bishop-Gwyn is also a freelance journalist who holds two graduate degrees in dance history and has taught at York University, Ryerson University and The School of Toronto Dance Theatre. The Pursuit of Perfection is the first book on Canadian dance history to be shortlisted for the award. Winners will be announced on November 13th.