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Public Reading and Book Signing: English-winning books

Wednesday, December 11

150 Elgin St. Ottawa ON.

Public Reading and Book Signing: French-winning books

Thursday, December 12

150 Elgin St. Ottawa ON.

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The Canada Council for the Arts is celebrating the best in Canadian literature: our Governor General’s Literary Awards recognize finalists and winners in seven categories, in both official languages, for readers of all ages.

2019 English Winners 2019 French Winners 2019 English winners and finalists 2019 French winners and finalists

Fiction

Eye by Marianne Micros

Eye

Marianne Micros

Guernica Editions; distributed by UTP Distribution

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Winner
Late Breaking by K.D. Miller

Late Breaking

K.D. Miller

Biblioasis; distributed by UTP Distribution

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The Innocents by Michael Crummey

The Innocents

Michael Crummey

Doubleday Canada/Penguin Random House Canada; distributed by the publisher

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The Student by Cary Fagan

The Student

Cary Fagan

Freehand Books; distributed by LitDistCo

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La Minotaure by Mariève Maréchale

La Minotaure

Mariève Maréchale

Triptyque, Groupe Nota bene; distributed by Socadis

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La terre by Sylvie Drapeau

La terre

Sylvie Drapeau

Leméac Éditeur; distributed by Socadis

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Winner
Maisons fauves by Éléonore Goldberg

Maisons fauves

Éléonore Goldberg

Triptyque, Groupe Nota bene; distributed by Socadis

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Mina parmi les ombres by Edem Awumey

Mina parmi les ombres

Edem Awumey

Les Éditions du Boréal; distributed by Diffusion Dimedia

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PEER ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE

Aislinn Hunter

Wayne Johnston

Saleema Nawaz

PEER ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE

Hervé Bouchard

Blaise Ndala

Élise Turcotte

Poetry

How to Avoid Huge Ships by Julie Bruck

How to Avoid Huge Ships

Julie Bruck

Brick Books; distributed by LitDistCo

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Winner
St. Boniface Elegies by Catherine Hunter

St. Boniface Elegies

Catherine Hunter

Signature Editions; distributed by UTP Distribution

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The Grand River Watershed: A Folk Ecology by Karen Houle

The Grand River Watershed: A Folk Ecology

Karen Houle

Gaspereau Press; distributed by the publisher

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Treaty # by Armand Garnet Ruffo

Treaty #

Armand Garnet Ruffo

Buckrider Books/Wolsak and Wynn Publishers; distributed by UTP Distribution

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Fastes by Chloé Savoie-Bernard

Fastes

Chloé Savoie-Bernard

L'Hexagone, Groupe Ville-Marie Littérature; distributed by Messageries ADP

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La cuisine mortuaire by Louise Marois

La cuisine mortuaire

Louise Marois

Triptyque, Groupe Nota bene; distributed by Socadis

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La part habitée du ciel by Michel Létourneau

La part habitée du ciel

Michel Létourneau

Écrits des Forges; distributed by Prologue

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Winner
Portages by Louis-Thomas Plamondon

Portages

Louis-Thomas Plamondon

La Peuplade; distributed by Diffusion Dimedia

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PEER ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE

Lesley Belleau

Méira Cook

Allan Cooper

PEER ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE

Nora Atalla

Maggie Roussel

Christian Roy

Drama

1 Hour Photo by Tetsuro Shigematsu

1 Hour Photo

Tetsuro Shigematsu

Talonbooks; distributed by UTP Distribution

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Thanks for Giving by Kevin Loring

Thanks for Giving

Kevin Loring

Talonbooks; distributed by UTP Distribution

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Winner
The Fighting Season by Sean Harris Oliver

The Fighting Season

Sean Harris Oliver

Scirocco Drama/J. Gordon Shillingford Publishing; distributed by UTP Distribution

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What a Young Wife Ought to Know by Hannah Moscovitch

What a Young Wife Ought to Know

Hannah Moscovitch

Playwrights Canada Press; distributed by UTP Distribution

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ColoniséEs by Annick Lefebvre

ColoniséEs

Annick Lefebvre

Dramaturges Éditeurs; distributed by Diffusion Dimedia

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Et si un soir by Lisa L'Heureux

Et si un soir

Lisa L'Heureux

Éditions Prise de parole; distributed by Diffusion Dimedia

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Winner
La nuit du 4 au 5 by Rachel Graton

La nuit du 4 au 5

Rachel Graton

Dramaturges Éditeurs; distributed by Diffusion Dimedia

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La vie utile précédé de Errance et tremblements by Evelyne de la Chenelière

La vie utile précédé de Errance et tremblements

Evelyne de la Chenelière

Les Herbes rouges; distributed by Diffusion Dimedia

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PEER ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE

Maja Ardal

Megan Gail Coles

Curtis Peeteetuce

PEER ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE

Normand Canac-Marquis

Miriam Cusson

Talia Hallmona

Non-fiction

City of Omens by Dan Werb

City of Omens: A Search for the Missing Women of the Borderlands

Dan Werb

Bloomsbury; distributed by Raincoast Books

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Fryderyk Chopin by Alan Walker

Fryderyk Chopin: A Life and Times

Alan Walker

Farrar, Straus and Giroux; distributed by Raincoast Books

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Sea Trial by Brian Harvey

Sea Trial: Sailing After My Father

Brian Harvey

ECW Press; distributed by Jaguar Book Group

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Tiny Lights for Travellers by Naomi K. Lewis

Tiny Lights for Travellers

Naomi K. Lewis

University of Alberta Press; distributed by UTP Distribution

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Winner
Cartographie des vivants by Sarah Brunet Dragon

Cartographie des vivants

Sarah Brunet Dragon

Les Éditions du Noroît; distributed by Diffusion Dimedia

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Clin d'œil au Temps qui passe by Antonine Maillet

Clin d'œil au Temps qui passe

Antonine Maillet

Leméac Éditeur; distributed by Socadis

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La prose d'Alain Grandbois Ou lire et relire Les voyages de Marco Polo by Patrick Moreau

La prose d'Alain Grandbois. Ou lire et relire Les voyages de Marco Polo

Patrick Moreau

Nota bene; distributed by Socadis

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La Société des grands fonds par Daniel Canty

La Société des grands fonds

Daniel Canty

La Peuplade; distributed by Diffusion Dimedia

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Winner

PEER ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE

Ross King

Rachel Lebowitz

Marina Nemat

PEER ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE

Louis Hamelin

Rachida M’Faddel

Paul Savoie

Young People's Literature – Text

Break in Case of Emergency by Brian Francis

Break in Case of Emergency

Brian Francis

HarperCollins Publishers; distributed by the publisher

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Cold White Sun by Sue Farrell Holler

Cold White Sun

Sue Farrell Holler

Groundwood Books; distributed by UTP Distribution

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Girl of the Southern Sea by Michelle Kadarusman

Girl of the Southern Sea

Michelle Kadarusman

Pajama Press; distributed by UTP Distribution

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Winner
The Grey Sisters by Jo Treggiari

The Grey Sisters

Jo Treggiari

Penguin Teen/Penguin Random House Canada Young Readers; distributed by the publisher

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Au carrefour by Jean-François Sénéchal

Au carrefour

Jean-François Sénéchal

Leméac Éditeur; distributed by Socadis

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Dans le cœur de Florence by Lucie Bergeron

Dans le cœur de Florence

Lucie Bergeron

Soulières éditeur; distributed by Messageries ADP

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Winner
Mon cœur après la pluie by Pierre Labrie

Mon cœur après la pluie

Pierre Labrie

Soulières éditeur; distributed by Messageries ADP

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Où est ma maison? by Édith Bourget

Où est ma maison?

Édith Bourget

Les éditions du soleil de minuit; distributed by La Boîte de diffusion

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PEER ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE

Kagiso Lesego Molope

Kenneth Oppel

Ellen Schwartz

PEER ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE

Marie-Célie Agnant

Jocelyn Boisvert

Karen Olsen

Young People's Literature – Illustrated Books

Albert's Quiet Quest by Isabelle Arsenault

Albert's Quiet Quest

Isabelle Arsenault

Tundra Books/Penguin Random House Canada Young Readers; distributed by the publisher

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Birdsong by Julie Flett

Birdsong

Julie Flett

Greystone Books; distributed by UTP Distribution

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How to Give Your Cat a Bath by Nicola Winstanley and John Martz

How to Give Your Cat a Bath

Nicola Winstanley and John Martz

Tundra Books/Penguin Random House Canada Young Readers; distributed by the publisher

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King Mouse by Cary Fagan and Dena Seiferling

King Mouse

Cary Fagan and Dena Seiferling

Tundra Books/Penguin Random House Canada Young Readers; distributed by the publisher

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Winner
Contacts by Mélanie Leclerc

Contacts

Mélanie Leclerc

Mécanique générale; distributed by Diffusion Dimedia

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Winner
L'escapade de Paolo by Lucie Papineau and Lucie Crovatto

L'escapade de Paolo

Lucie Papineau and Lucie Crovatto

Les Éditions de la Bagnole; distributed by Messageries ADP

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Laurent, c'est moi! by Stéphanie Deslauriers and Geneviève Desprès

Laurent, c'est moi!

Stéphanie Deslauriers and Geneviève Després

Fonfon; distributed by Messageries ADP

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Le pelleteur de nuages by Simon Boulerice and Josée Bisaillon

Le pelleteur de nuages

Simon Boulerice and Josée Bisaillon

la courte échelle; distributed by Messageries ADP

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PEER ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE

Shauntay Grant

Jon Klassen

Kathryn Shoemaker

PEER ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE

Nahid Kazemi

Diane Carmel Léger

François Thisdale

Translation

887, translated by Louisa Blair

887

Translated by Louisa Blair

House of Anansi Press; distributed by UTP Distribution; translation of 887 by Robert Lepage, published by L'instant même

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Winner
Synapses, translated by Pablo Strauss

Synapses

Translated by Pablo Strauss

Talonbooks; distributed by UTP Distribution; translation of Synapses by Simon Brousseau, published by Le Cheval d'août

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The Embalmer, translated by Rhonda Mullins

The Embalmer

Translated by Rhonda Mullins

Coach House Books; distributed by Publishers Group Canada; translation of L'embaumeur by Anne-Renée Caillé, published by Héliotrope

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Vi, translated by Sheila Fischman

Vi

Translated by Sheila Fischman

Random House Canada/Penguin Random House Canada; distributed by the publisher; translation of Vi by Kim Thúy, published by Éditions Libre Expression

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L'animal langage : la compétence linguistique humaine, translated by Nicolas Calvé

L'animal langage : la compétence linguistique humaine

Translated by Nicolas Calvé

Les Éditions du Boréal; distributed by Diffusion Dimedia; translation of The Language Animal by Charles Taylor, published by Harvard University Press

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Le Yiddish à l'usage des pirates, translated by Lori Saint-Martin and Paul Gagné

Le Yiddish à l'usage des pirates

Translated by Lori Saint-Martin and Paul Gagné

Les Éditions du Boréal; distributed by Diffusion Dimedia; translation of Yiddish for Pirates by Gary Barwin, published by Vintage Canada

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Winner
Onze jours en septembre, translated by Sophie Voillot

Onze jours en septembre

Translated by Sophie Voillot

Les Éditions du Boréal; distributed by Diffusion Dimedia; translation of Lost in September by Kathleen Winter, published by Knopf Canada

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Pilleurs de rêves, translated by Madeleine Stratford

Pilleurs de rêves

Translated by Madeleine Stratford

Les Éditions du Boréal; distributed by Diffusion Dimedia; translation of The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline, published by DCB / Cormorant Books

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PEER ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE

Nicola Danby

Wayne Grady

Maureen Labonté

PEER ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE

Myriam Legault

Hélène Rioux

Michel Saint-Germain

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