Fourteen Books Win 2015 Governor General’s Literary Awards

Fourteen must-read books in seven categories have been announced as winners of the Canada Council for the Arts' Governor General’s Literary Awards.

“Canadian literature is a faithful companion from childhood through to the twilight of our lives," said Canada Council director and CEO, Simon Brault. "It informs and comforts, provokes and delights – through our books we travel and we dream. The GG Awards recognize the excellence and enormous capacity for renewal of literature in Canada.”

This year's English language winners are:

Fiction: Guy Vanderhaeghe - Daddy Lenin and Other Stories, McClelland & Stewart / Penguin Random House Canada
Children’s Literature (Text): Caroline Pignat - The Gospel Truth, Red Deer Press
Children’s Literature (Illustrated Books): JonArno Lawson and Sydney Smith - Sidewalk Flowers, Groundwood Books / House of Anansi Press
Drama: David Yee - carried away on the crest of a wave, Playwrights Canada Press
Poetry: Robyn Sarah - My Shoes Are Killing Me, Biblioasis
Non-fiction: Mark L. Winston - Bee Time: Lessons from the Hive, Harvard University Press
Translation (French to English): Rhonda Mullins - Twenty-One Cardinals, Coach House Books. English translation of Les héritiers de la mine by Jocelyne Saucier, Les Éditions XYZ

To see a full list of winners, including French language winners and English and French-language shortlists, visit

See a book you like? You can attend a book reading with the winning authors (English only).

Tues., Dec. 1, 2015, 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Canada Council for the Arts
150 Elgin, Ottawa

Includes a draw for an iPad mini with 2015 GGBooks collection (English). Free admission!

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