The 2016 Governor General’s Literary Awards Winners – Every year the Canadian Council for the Arts receives over 800 books from across Canada (English and French) in hopes of winning in one of the 7 categories. The winner receives $25,000 and the publisher of the book receives $3,000 more to promote the winning book.
The 2016 Governor General’s Literary Awards, also known as GGs, brings a whole new list of 14 winners (7 English, 7 French) right on time for the fall-winter book shopping. Author Madeleine Thien, who is also on the shortlist for the Man Booker Prize, highlights the list.
And the 2016 Governor General’s Literary Awards Winners are…
Winner For Fiction
Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien
The Novel, first GGs winner for Madeleine Thien, takes you in a journey through time and brings you all the way to Revolutionary China. The book explores the power of art, history, and families in an individual level. Read the Jury Statement and find out more about the author and book here.
Finalists For Fiction
Winner for Poetry
The Walking Comes Late by Steven Heighton
Steven wins his first GGs with this poetic journey. ” A mature work: smart, moving, inventive, original.” – Read the Jury Statement and find out more about the author and book here.
Finalists For Poetry
Winner for Drama
Pig Girl by Colleen Murphy
Colleen Murphy, who has won the GGs for the second time with “Pig Girl”, touches on violence against women in a night of horror. “Arresting. Undeniable. Unforgettable.” – Find out more about the book and author here.
Finalists For Drama
Winner for Non-Fiction
A World We Have Lost: Saskatchewan Before 1905 by Bill Waiser
Canadian historian Bill Waiser wins his first GGs by looking at Canada’s story in a whole new way. Find out more about the book and author here.
Finalists For Non-Fiction
Winner for Young People’s Literature – Text
Calvin by Martine Leavitt
Martine Leavitt wins her first GGs with “Calvin”, the story of a boy diagnosed with schizophrenia. Find out more about the book and author here.
Finalists For Young People’s Literature – Text
Winner for Young People’s Literature – Illustrated Book
Tokyo Digs a Garden by Jon-Erik Lappano and Kellen Hatanaka
Both artists win their very first GGs. Read the Jury Statement and find out more about the book here.
Finalists For Young People’s Literature – Illustrated Book
Winner for Translation
The Party Wall translated by Lazer Lederhendler
Lederhendler’s second GGs. More on the book, author here.
Finalists For Translation
Find out about the French winners here.
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