2014 Governor General's Literary Awards Winners Announced

The Canada Council for the Arts today announced the winners of the 2014 Governor General's Literary Awards. 

“By celebrating the GG literary awards, we want to highlight the work of Canada’s best authors, illustrators and translators. The voices of these artists and thinkers are more necessary than ever in a world in search of meaning and hope,” said Simon Brault, Director and CEO of the Canada Council. “The Canada Council supports Canadian literature so that it can be enjoyed by a growing number of readers across Canada and abroad.”

His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will present the Awards at a ceremony at Rideau Hall on Wednesday, November 26.

The winners are:


Thomas King, (Guelph, Ont.) – The Back of the Turtle (HarperCollins Publishers Ltd)

Andrée A. Michaud, (St-Sébastien-de-Frontenac, Que.) – Bondrée (Éditions Québec Amérique) 


Michael Harris, (Toronto) – The End of Absence: Reclaiming What We've Lost in a World of Constant Connection (HarperCollins Publishers Ltd)

Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, (Montreal) – Tenir tête (Lux Éditeur)


Arleen Paré, (Victoria) – Lake of Two Mountains (Brick Books)

José Acquelin, (Montreal) – Anarchie de la lumière (les éditions du passage) 


Jordan Tannahill, (Toronto) – Age of Minority: Three Solo Plays (Playwrights Canada Press)

Carole Fréchette, (Montreal) – Small Talk (Leméac Éditeur / Actes Sud)

Children's Literature - Text

Raziel Reid, (Vancouver) – When Everything Feels like the Movies (Arsenal Pulp Press)

Linda Amyot, (Longueuil, Que.) – Le jardin d'Amsterdam (Leméac Éditeur)

Children's Literature - Illustration

Jillian Tamaki, (Brooklyn, N.Y.) – This One Summer, text by Mariko Tamaki (Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press)

Marianne Dubuc, (Montreal) – Le lion et l'oiseau, text by Marianne Dubuc (Les Éditions de la Pastèque)


Peter Feldstein, (Montreal) – Paul-Émile Borduas: A Critical Biography (McGill-Queen's University Press)

English translation of Paul-Émile Borduas (1905-1960) : biographie critique et analyse de l’œuvre, by François-Marc Gagnon (Éditions Fides)

Daniel Poliquin, (Ottawa) – L'Indien malcommode : un portrait inattendu des Autochtones d'Amérique du Nord (Les Éditions du Boréal)

French translation of The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America, by Thomas King (Doubleday Canada) 

The Canada Council for the Arts funds and administers the GGs, the most significant literary award program in Canada, providing close to $450,000 in prize money. Each winner of the Awards receives a $25,000 prize. The publisher of each winning book receives $3,000 to support promotional activities. Non-winning finalists receive $1,000 in recognition of their selection as finalists.


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