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Governor General's Literary Award

Awarded by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Governor General's Literary Awards were established in 1936 to recognize the best in Canadian writing. Awards are given in a variety of categories, including Best Fiction, Poetry, Drama, Non-Fiction, and Children's Literature.

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Past Winners
Media Cover for Daddy Lenin and Other Stories

2015

Fiction
Daddy Lenin and Other Stories
Guy Vanderhaeghe
Media Cover for My Shoes Are Killing Me

2015

Poetry
My Shoes Are Killing Me
Robyn Sarah
Media Cover for Carried Away on the Crest of a Wave

2015

Drama
Carried Away on the Crest of a Wave
David Yee
Media Cover for Bee Time: Lessons from the Hive

2015

Non-fiction
Bee Time: Lessons from the Hive
Mark L. Winston
Media Cover for The Back of the Turtle

2014

Fiction
The Back of the Turtle
Thomas King
Media Cover for Lake of Two Mountains

2014

Poetry
Lake of Two Mountains
Arleen Paré
Media Cover for Age of Minority: Three Solo

2014

Drama
Age of Minority: Three Solo
Jordan Tannahill
Media Cover for The End of Absence

2014

Non-fiction
The End of Absence
Michael Harris
Media Cover for When Everything Feels like the Movies

2014

Children's literature-text
When Everything Feels like the Movies
Raziel Reid
Media Cover for This One Summer

2014

Children's literature-illustration
This One Summer
Jillian Tamaki
Media Cover for Paul-Émile Borduas: A Critical Biography

2014

Translation
Paul-Émile Borduas: A Critical Biography
Peter Feldstein
Media Cover for Luminaries

2013

Fiction
Luminaries
Eleanor Catton
Media Cover for North End Love Songs

2013

Poetry
North End Love Songs
Katherena Vermette
Media Cover for Fault Lines: Three Plays

2013

Drama
Fault Lines: Three Plays
Nicolas Billon
Media Cover for Journey with no maps : a life of P.K. Page

2013

Non-fiction
Journey with no maps : a life of P.K. Page
Sandra Djwa
Media Cover for The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B

2013

Children's literature-text
The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B
Teresa Toten
Media Cover for Northwest Passage

2013

Children's literature-illustration
Northwest Passage
Matt James
Media Cover for The Major Verbs

2013

Translation
The Major Verbs
Donald Winkler
Media Cover for The Purchase

2012

Fiction
The Purchase
Linda Spalding
Media Cover for Pour sûr

2012

Fiction
Pour sûr
France Daigle
Media Cover for Monkey Ranch

2012

Poetry
Monkey Ranch
Julie Bruck
Media Cover for Un drap. Une place.

2012

Poetry
Un drap. Une place.
Maude Smith Gagnon
Media Cover for It is Solved by Walking

2012

Drama
It is Solved by Walking
Catherine Banks
Media Cover for Contre le temps

2012

Drama
Contre le temps
Geneviève Billette
Media Cover for Leonardo and the Last Supper

2012

Non-fiction
Leonardo and the Last Supper
Ross King
Media Cover for Comment tuer Shakespeare

2012

Non-fiction
Comment tuer Shakespeare
Normand Chaurette
Media Cover for The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen

2012

Children's literature-text
The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen
Susin Nielsen
Media Cover for Un été d’amour et de cendres

2012

Children's literature-text
Un été d’amour et de cendres
Aline Apostolska
Media Cover for Virginia Wolf

2012

Children's literature-illustration
Virginia Wolf
Isabelle Arsenault
Media Cover for La clé à molette

2012

Children's literature-illustration
La clé à molette
Élise Gravel
Media Cover for Mai at the Predators’ Ball

2012

Translation
Mai at the Predators’ Ball
Nigel Spencer
Media Cover for Glenn Gould

2012

Translation
Glenn Gould
Alain Roy
Media Cover for The Sisters Brothers

2011

Fiction
The Sisters Brothers
Patrick deWitt
Media Cover for L’homme blanc

2011

Fiction
L’homme blanc
Perrine Leblanc
Media Cover for Plus haut que les flammes

2011

Poetry
Plus haut que les flammes
Louise Dupré
Media Cover for Killdeer

2011

Poetry
Killdeer
Phil Hall
Media Cover for If We Were Birds

2011

Drama
If We Were Birds
Erin Shields
Media Cover for Ce qui meurt en dernier

2011

Drama
Ce qui meurt en dernier
Normand Chaurette
Media Cover for Mordecai: The Life & Times

2011

Non-fiction
Mordecai: The Life & Times
Charles Foran
Media Cover for Wanderer : essai sur le Voyage d’hiver de Franz Schubert

2011

Non-fiction
Wanderer : essai sur le Voyage d’hiver de Franz Schubert
Georges Leroux
Media Cover for Les aventures de Radisson -1. L’enfer ne brûle pas

2011

Children's literature-text
Les aventures de Radisson -1. L’enfer ne brûle pas
Martin Fournier
Media Cover for From Then to Now: A Short History of the World

2011

Children's literature-text
From Then to Now: A Short History of the World
Christopher Moore
Media Cover for Ten Birds

2011

Children's literature-illustration
Ten Birds
Cybèle Young
Media Cover for Lili et les poilus

2011

Children's literature-illustration
Lili et les poilus
Caroline Merola
Media Cover for Partita for Glenn Gould

2011

Translation
Partita for Glenn Gould
Donald Winkler
Media Cover for Toxique ou L’incident dans l’autobus

2011

Translation
Toxique ou L’incident dans l’autobus
Maryse Warda
Media Cover for Cool Water

2010

Fiction
Cool Water
Dianne Warren
Media Cover for Kim Thúy

2010

Fiction
Kim Thúy
Ru
Media Cover for Boxing the Compass

2010

Poetry
Boxing the Compass
Richard Greene
Media Cover for effleurés de lumière

2010

Poetry
effleurés de lumière
Danielle Fournier
Media Cover for Porc-épic

2010

Drama
Porc-épic
David Paquet
Media Cover for C

2010

Non-fiction
C'est ma seigneurie que je réclame : la lutte des Hurons de Lorette pour la seig
Michel Lavoie
Media Cover for Fishtailing

2010

Children's literature-text
Fishtailing
Wendy Phillips
Media Cover for Rose : derrière le rideau de la folie

2010

Children's literature-text
Rose : derrière le rideau de la folie
Élise Turcotte
Media Cover for Cats

2010

Children's literature-illustration
Cats' Night Out
Jon Klassen
Media Cover for Rose : derrière le rideau de la folie

2010

Children's literature-illustration
Rose : derrière le rideau de la folie
Daniel Sylvestre
Media Cover for Le cafard

2010

Translation
Le cafard
Sophie Voillot
Media Cover for The Mistress of Nothing

2009

Fiction
The Mistress of Nothing
Kate Pullinger
Media Cover for Le discours sur la tombe de l’idiot

2009

Fiction
Le discours sur la tombe de l’idiot
Julie Mazzieri
Media Cover for The Fly in Autumn

2009

Poetry
The Fly in Autumn
David Zieroth
Media Cover for Thérèse pour joie et orchestre

2009

Poetry
Thérèse pour joie et orchestre
Hélène Monette
Media Cover for Where the Blood Mixes

2009

Drama
Where the Blood Mixes
Kevin Loring
Media Cover for Le bruit des os qui craquent

2009

Drama
Le bruit des os qui craquent
Suzanne Lebeau
Media Cover for A Place Within: Rediscovering India

2009

Non-fiction
A Place Within: Rediscovering India
M.G. Vassanji
Media Cover for Pointe Maligne : l’infiniment oubliée

2009

Non-fiction
Pointe Maligne : l’infiniment oubliée
Nicole V. Champeau
Media Cover for Greener Grass

2009

Children's literature-text
Greener Grass
Caroline Pignat
Media Cover for Harvey

2009

Children's literature-text
Harvey
Hervé Bouchard
Media Cover for Bella

2009

Children's literature-illustration
Bella's Tree
Jirina Marton
Media Cover for Harvey

2009

Children's literature-illustration
Harvey
Janice Nadeau
Media Cover for Pieces of Me

2009

Translation
Pieces of Me
Susan Ouriou
Media Cover for Le miel d’Harar

2009

Translation
Le miel d’Harar
Paule Noyart
Media Cover for The Origin of Species

2008

Fiction
The Origin of Species
Nino Ricci
Media Cover for More to Keep Us Warm

2008

Poetry
More to Keep Us Warm
Jacob Scheier
Media Cover for Bone Cage

2008

Drama
Bone Cage
Catherine Banks
Media Cover for Fifteen Days: Stories of Bravery, Friendship, Life and Death from Inside the New

2008

Non-fiction
Fifteen Days: Stories of Bravery, Friendship, Life and Death from Inside the New
Christie Blatchford
Media Cover for The Landing

2008

Children's literature-text
The Landing
John Ibbitson
Media Cover for Les trois lieues

2008

Children's literature-text
Les trois lieues
Sylvie Desrosiers
Media Cover for The Owl and the Pussycat

2008

Children's literature-illustration
The Owl and the Pussycat
Stéphane Jorisch
Media Cover for Nikolski

2008

Translation
Nikolski
Lazer Lederhendler
Media Cover for Divisadero

2007

Fiction
Divisadero
Michael Ondaatje
Media Cover for Seul On Est

2007

Fiction
Seul On Est
Serge Patrice
Media Cover for All Our Wonder Unavenged

2007

Poetry
All Our Wonder Unavenged
Don Domanski
Media Cover for Le Chant Du Dire-Dire

2007

Poetry
Le Chant Du Dire-Dire
Daniel Danis
Media Cover for I

2007

Drama
I've Got A Home In Glory Land: A Lost Tale of The Underground Railroad
Karolyn Smardz-Frost
Media Cover for La Querelle Du Regionalisme Au Quebec (1904-1931): Vers L

2007

Drama
La Querelle Du Regionalisme Au Quebec (1904-1931): Vers L'Autonomisation De La l
Annette Hayward
Media Cover for Gemini Summer

2007

Non-fiction
Gemini Summer
Iain Lawrence
Media Cover for La Fatigante It Le Faineant

2007

Non-fiction
La Fatigante It Le Faineant
Francois Barcelo
Media Cover for The Boy From The Sun

2007

Children's literature-text
The Boy From The Sun
Duncan Weller
Media Cover for La petite rapporteuse de mots

2007

Children's literature-text
La petite rapporteuse de mots
Geneviève Côté
Media Cover for Augustino And The Choir Of Destruction

2007

Children's literature-illustration
Augustino And The Choir Of Destruction
Nigel Spencer
Media Cover for Dernières notes

2007

Children's literature-illustration
Dernières notes
Lori Saint-Martin and Paul Gagné
Media Cover for The December Man

2007

Translation
The December Man
Colleen Murphy
Media Cover for The Law of Dreams

2006

The Law of Dreams
Peter Behrens
Media Cover for A Perfect Night To Go To China

2005

A Perfect Night To Go To China
David Gilmour
Media Cover for A Complicated Kindness

2004

A Complicated Kindness
Miriam Toews
Media Cover for Elle

2003

Elle
Douglas Glover