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The Canada Council for the Arts is celebrates 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.

2020 English-language winners 2020 French-language winners 2020 English-language winners and finalists 2020 French-language winners and finalists

Fiction

Book cover for Butter Honey Pig Bread by Francesca Ekwuyasi

Butter Honey Pig Bread

Francesca Ekwuyasi

Arsenal Pulp Press

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Winner
Book cover for Indians on Vacation by Thomas King

Indians on Vacation

Thomas King

HarperCollins Canada

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Book cover for Noopiming: The Cure for White Ladies by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson

Noopiming: The Cure for White Ladies

Leanne Betasamosake Simpson

House of Anansi Press

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Book cover for The Baudelaire Fractal by Lisa Robertson

The Baudelaire Fractal

Lisa Robertson

Coach House Books

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Book cover for Autobiographie de l’étranger by Marie-Ève Lacasse

Autobiographie de l’étranger

Marie-Ève Lacasse

Flammarion Québec

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Winner
Book cover for Chienne by Marie-Pier Lafontaine

Chienne

Marie-Pier Lafontaine

Héliotrope

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Book cover for Menthol by Jennifer Bélanger

Menthol

Jennifer Bélanger

Héliotrope

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Book cover for Shuni by Naomi Fontaine

Shuni

Naomi Fontaine

Mémoire d’encrier

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PEER ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE

Anne Fleming

Ariela Freedman

Rabindranath Maharaj

PEER ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE

Simone Chaput

Daniel Grenier

Olivia Tapiero

Poetry

Book cover for Eight Track by Oana Avasilichioaei

Eight Track

Oana Avasilichioaei

Talonbooks

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Winner
Book cover for Orrery by Donna Kane

Orrery

Donna Kane

Harbour Publishing

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Book cover for Render by Sachiko Murakami

Render

Sachiko Murakami

Arsenal Pulp Press

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Book cover for The Dyzgraphxst by Canisia Lubrin

The Dyzgraphxst

Canisia Lubrin

McClelland & Stewart / Penguin Random House Canada

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Book cover for Déblais by Paul Bélanger

Déblais

Paul Bélanger

Éditions du Noroît

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Book cover for Et là, mon père suivi de Et là, ma mère by Hugues Corriveau

Et là, mon père suivi de Et là, ma mère

Hugues Corriveau

les éditions du passage

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Book cover for L’amour des oiseaux moches by Symon Henry

L’amour des oiseaux moches

Symon Henry

Éditions Omri

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Winner
Book cover for Les visages de la terre by Louis-Karl Picard-Sioui

Les visages de la terre

Louis-Karl Picard-Sioui

Éditions Hannenorak

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PEER ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE

David Groulx

Clea Roberts

Johanna Skibsrud

PEER ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE

Sonia Cotten

Mona Latif-Ghattas

David Ménard

Drama

Book cover for bug by Yolanda Bonnell

bug

Yolanda Bonnell

Scirocco Drama / J. Gordon Shillingford Publishing

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Book cover for Guarded Girls by Charlotte Corbeil-Coleman

Guarded Girls

Charlotte Corbeil-Coleman

Playwrights Canada Press

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Winner
Book cover for Quick Bright Things by Christopher Cook

Quick Bright Things

Christopher Cook

Playwrights Canada Press

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Book cover for Sound of the Beast by Donna-Michelle St. Bernard

Sound of the Beast

Donna-Michelle St. Bernard

Playwrights Canada Press

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Book cover for Aalaapi : faire silence pour entendre quelque chose de beau by le Collectif Aalaapi

Aalaapi : faire silence pour entendre quelque chose de beau

Collectif Aalaapi

Atelier 10

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Book cover for AmericanDream.ca : L’intégrale by Claude Guilmain

AmericanDream.ca : L’intégrale

Claude Guilmain

Les Éditions L’Interligne

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Winner
Book cover for Sucré Seize [Huit filles] by Suzie Bastien

Sucré Seize [Huit filles]

Suzie Bastien

Lansman Editeur

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Book cover for Zoé by Olivier Choinière

Zoé

Olivier Choinière

Atelier 10

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PEER ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE

Catherine Banks

Andrew Moodie

Kenneth T. Williams

PEER ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE

Marie Louise Bibish Mumbu

Matthieu Girard

Anne-Marie Provencher

Non-fiction

Book cover for A History of My Brief Body by Billy-Ray Belcourt

A History of My Brief Body

Billy-Ray Belcourt

Hamish Hamilton / Penguin Random House Canada

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Book cover for Disfigured: On Fairy Tales, Disability, and Making Space by Amanda Leduc

Disfigured: On Fairy Tales, Disability, and Making Space

Amanda Leduc

Coach House Books

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Book cover for Rebent Sinner by Ivan Coyote

Rebent Sinner

Ivan Coyote

Arsenal Pulp Press

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Book cover for Shame on Me: An Anatomy of Race and Belonging by Tessa McWatt

Shame on Me: An Anatomy of Race and Belonging

Tessa McWatt

Random House Canada / Penguin Random House Canada

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Winner
Book cover for De préférence la nuit by Stanley Péan

De préférence la nuit

Stanley Péan

Les Éditions du Boréal

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Winner
Book cover for Le rapt ontologique. Penser l’être des singularités by Thomas Dommange

Le rapt ontologique. Penser l’être des singularités

Thomas Dommange

Nota bene, Groupe Nota bene

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Book cover for Nous sommes le soleil. Femmes sous la dictature (Argentine 1976-1983) by Guylaine Massoutre

Nous sommes le soleil. Femmes sous la dictature (Argentine 1976-1983)

Guylaine Massoutre

Varia, Groupe Nota bene

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Book cover for Une épine empourprée by Michaël La Chance

Une épine empourprée

Michaël La Chance

Triptyque, Groupe Nota bene

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PEER ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE

Deni Ellis Béchard

Helen Humphreys

Sally Ito

PEER ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE

Joël Des Rosiers

Benoit Doyon-Gosselin

Catherine Mavrikakis

Young People's Literature – Text

Book cover for Harvey Holds His Own by Colleen Nelson

Harvey Holds His Own

Colleen Nelson

Pajama Press

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Book cover for Nevers by Sara Cassidy

Nevers

Sara Cassidy

Orca Book Publishers

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Book cover for Pine Island Home by Polly Horvath

Pine Island Home

Polly Horvath

Puffin Canada / Penguin Random House Canada Young Readers

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Book cover for The Barren Grounds by David A. Robertson

The Barren Grounds

David A. Robertson

Puffin Canada / Penguin Random House Canada Young Readers

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Winner
Book cover for Cicatrices by Camille Bouchard

Cicatrices

Camille Bouchard

Les Éditions du Boréal

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Book cover for Il faut de tout pour faire un monstre by Johanne Mercier

Il faut de tout pour faire un monstre

Johanne Mercier

Éditions FouLire

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Book cover for L’ogre et l’enfant by Magali Laurent

L’ogre et l’enfant

Magali Laurent

Bayard Canada Livres

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Winner
Book cover for Rap pour violoncelle seul by Maryse Pagé

Rap pour violoncelle seul

Maryse Pagé

Leméac Éditeur

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PEER ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE

Catherine Austen

Cary Fagan

Shenaaz Nanji

PEER ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE

Anne Bernard-Lenoir

Mario Brassard

Diya Lim

Young People's Literature – Illustrated Books

Book cover for I Talk Like a River by Jordan Scott and Sydney Smith

I Talk Like a River

Jordan Scott and Sydney Smith

Neal Porter Books / Holiday House

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Book cover for Our Little Kitchen by Jillian Tamaki

Our Little Kitchen

Jillian Tamaki

Groundwood Books / House of Anansi Press

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Book cover for Swift Fox All Along by Rebecca Thomas and Maya McKibbin

Swift Fox All Along

Rebecca Thomas and Maya McKibbin

Annick Press

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Winner
Book cover for Weekend Dad by Naseem Hrab and Frank Viva

Weekend Dad

Naseem Hrab and Frank Viva

Groundwood Books / House of Anansi Press

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Book cover for copine et Copine by Kim Nunès, Marie-Chantal Perron, Tammy Verge and Amélie Dubois

copine et Copine

Kim Nunès, Marie-Chantal Perron, Tammy Verge and Amélie Dubois

Les Éditions de l’Homme, division du Groupe Sogides

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Book cover for Le grand méchant loup dans ma maison by Valérie Fontaine and Nathalie Dion

Le grand méchant loup dans ma maison

Valérie Fontaine and Nathalie Dion

Éditions Les 400 coups

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Book cover for Le pays aux mille soleils by Mireille Levert

Le pays aux mille soleils

Mireille Levert

Les Éditions de la Bagnole

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Book cover for Mimose & Sam : Mission hibernation by Cathon

Mimose & Sam : Mission hibernation

Cathon

Comme des géants

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Winner

PEER ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE

Wallace Edwards

Bonnie Farmer

Kyo Maclear

PEER ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE

Marie-Louise Gay

Mireille Messier

Sylvain Rivard

Translation

Book cover for Amaryllis & Little Witch, translated by Alexis Diamond

Amaryllis & Little Witch

Translated by Alexis Diamond

Playwrights Canada Press; translation of Vipérine and Petite sorcière by Pascal Brullemans

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Book cover for Back Roads, translated by J.C. Sutcliffe

Back Roads

Translated by J.C. Sutcliffe

Arachnide Editions / House of Anansi Press; translation of Routes secondaires by Andrée A. Michaud

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Winner
Book cover for The Country Will Bring Us No Peace, translated by Pablo Strauss

The Country Will Bring Us No Peace

Translated by Pablo Strauss

Coach House Books; translation of Ici, ailleurs by Matthieu Simard

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Book cover for The Neptune Room, translated by Oana Avasilichioaei

The Neptune Room

Translated by Oana Avasilichioaei

Book*hug Press; translation of La chambre Neptune by Bertrand Laverdure

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Book cover for Jonny Appleseed, translated by Arianne Des Rochers

Jonny Appleseed

Translated by Arianne Des Rochers

Mémoire d’encrier; translation of Jonny Appleseed by Joshua Whitehead

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Book cover for L’accoucheuse de Scots Bay, translated by Sonya Malaborza

L’accoucheuse de Scots Bay

Translated by Sonya Malaborza

Éditions Prise de parole; translation of The Birth House by Ami McKay

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Book cover for La Société du feu de l’enfer, translated by Sophie Voillot

La Société du feu de l’enfer

Translated by Sophie Voillot

Éditions Alto; translation of Beirut Hellfire Society by Rawi Hage

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Winner
Book cover for On pleure pas au bingo, translated by Daniel Grenier

On pleure pas au bingo

Translated by Daniel Grenier

Éditions Hannenorak; translation of Nobody Cries at Bingo by Dawn Dumont

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PEER ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE

Angela Carr

Jo-Anne Elder

Nigel Spencer

PEER ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE

Sophie M. Lavoie

Daniel Poliquin

Anne-Marie Regimbald

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