Governor General’s Literary Awards

Throughout the year, our partners organize events that feature the books of our Governor General’s Literary Awards finalists and winners. Whether it be readings, discussions or other original activities, they are all opportunities to discover the best of Canadian literature. Check out this list of events!

Many events are taking place virtually and are available online. Watch them at your leisure and keep checking this page, as new events are added as they become available.

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Fantastic Figures: the Magic in All Bodies

event date logo September 25, 2021

Language logo English Event

Location LogoVirtual event

 Visit the Kingston WriterFest website for detail
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GGBooks Young People’s Literature Finalists

 May 27–28, 2021

Celebrate the Governor General’s Literary Awards (GGBooks) with six virtual events featuring the finalists of the 2020 Young People’s Literature Award categories. The finalists in the “Young People’s Literature – Text” category are featured on May 27 and those in the “Young People’s Literature – Illustrated Books” category are featured on May 28.

English Event

Virtual event

Visit the TIFA website for details
The Frye Festival - feed your imagination

In Other Words / En d’autres mots

 April 24, 2021

Two writers, two translators and two books that muddle fiction and reality. A conversation about carrying stories across languages and cultures and what it takes to create #GGBooks winners.

Bilingual event

Virtual event

Watch the video on the Frye Festival YouTube channel
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The Way We GG

 December 3, 2020

The 2020 edition of our GGBooks celebration a livestreamed storytelling event featuring seven Wordfest alumni who are also past Governor General's Literary Awards nominees and winners. Each writer performs a 5–7 minute open mic-style monologue about a personal memory or backstory from the year they were nominated, as well as reflect on the impact the nomination had on their writing.

English Event

Virtual event

Visit the Wordfest website for details
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L’épreuve du réel/Reality Check – Blog by Katia Grubisic

 September 24, 2020

Four GGBooks winners have corresponded with Katia Grubisic on the theme of being brutally hit by reality. These fascinating exchanges were captured in a blog post published on the Blue Metropolis website on September 24, 2020. Featuring: Gwen Benaway (English-language poetry), Catherine Leroux (translation into French), Linda Gaboriau (translation into English) and Joan Thomas (English-language fiction).

Bilingual Blog

Virtual event

Visit the Metropolis bleu website for details
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Translation Duel de Traduction

 May 8, 2020

Based on an annual event at the internationally renowned Edinburgh Book Festival, French-to-English translators Wayne Grady and Rhonda Mullins present and discuss their translations of an original work by Francophone author Edem Awumey with moderator Karen Richardson. Audience members follow along as the translators defend their work in the ultimate duel of words. This session is delivered in English. Though some conversations and discussions include French dialogue, you do not need to be bilingual to follow along.

Bilingual Event

Virtual event

Visit the FOLD website for details

Media partners

The Canada Council for the Arts thanks its media partners for contributing to the promotion of literature.

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Submitting a book

Publishers can submit works they consider to be outstanding. The guidelines and eligibility requirements are accessible through the button below.

Find out how to submit a nomination for this prize