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Events across Canada

Celebrating the best books

Throughout the year, GGBooks partners organize events that feature the finalist and winning books. Whether it be readings, discussions or other original activities, they are all opportunities to discover the best of literature from Canada. Check out this list of events!

Note that some events may take place virtually and be available online. Watch them at your leisure and keep checking this page for updates. 

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TIFA Presents: 2023 GGBooks Drama Finalists in Conversation

 November 18, 2023, 10 a.m. EST

Join us for a free virtual panel conversation to celebrate finalists of the 2023 Governor General’s Literary Awards. In collaboration with the Canada Council for the Arts, the event will engage with finalists from the Drama category on their nominated books and feature dramatic readings of their work.


Virtual (via TIFA’s YouTube channel)

Visit the Toronto International Festival of Authors website for details.

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Bestselling Teen Fiction for a Reason

 Wednesday, October 18, 2023, 1 p.m. PDT

Cherie Dimaline and Jen Ferguson speak about their writing journey to date, their passion for young adult literature and how their mesmerizing ideas take shape.


Revue Stage, Granville Island, Vancouver, British Columbia

Visit the Vancouver Writers Fest website for details.
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Imaginairium by Wordfest

 October 11–15, 2023

Wordfest presents its 28th fall festival, the Imaginairium, featuring many Canadian authors who have been GGBooks winners and finalists.

Detailed programming:

The Oracles, featuring Lorna Crozier and Michelle Good: October 11 at 7 p.m., DJD Dance Centre

What a Pair! Patrick deWitt & Deborah Willis: October 12 at 5 p.m. MT, Memorial Park Library, 2nd floor

The It Couple starring Michael Crummey & Holly Hogan: October 12 at 7 p.m., Memorial Park Library, 2nd floor

The Way We... Hex the Patriarchy, starring Mona Awad, Claudia Dey, Cherie Dimaline, Emma Donoghue, Heather O'Neill, Zalika Reid-Benta and Katherena Vermette: October 13 at 7 p.m. MT, DJD Dance Centre

How to 'Empower' Kid Lit: Kyo Maclear and David A. Robertson: October 14 at 11 a.m. MT, Memorial Park Library, Alexander Calhoun Salon

La Merveille: Starring Anne Berest and GGBooks winners and nominees Catherine Leroux and Susan Ouriou: October 14 at 3 p.m., Memorial Park Library, 2nd floor

Roaming starring Jillian and Mariko Tamaki: October 15 at 3 p.m. MT, Memorial Park Library, 2nd floor


Various venues in Calgary, Alberta

Visit the Imaginairium by Wordfest website for details.
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The Librarianist
Patrick deWitt with Mark Sinnett

event date logo Sunday October 1, 2023, 9:30–10:30 a.m. EDT

Join GGBooks award-winning author Patrick deWitt and Mark Sinnett for a Sunday morning cup of coffee and a conversation about The Librarianistan introverted outcast with a love of literature.

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Location LogoBellevue Ballroom – Holiday Inn Kingston Waterfront, 2 Princess Street, Kingston, Ontario K7L 1A2

 Visit the Kingston WritersFest website for details.
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Amuse-bouches – spécial GG

 April 30, 2023, 11 a.m. EST

The Maison de la littérature is inviting audiences to discover excerpts from the winning works of the 2022 Governor General’s Literary Awards. Read by actor Marianne Marceau and accompanied by the music of Frédéric Brunet (both artists to be confirmed), the words of the winning authors truly come to life.


Espace bibliothèque, Maison de la littérature

Visit the festival website for details.
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Blue Metropolis International Literary Festival

 April 27 to 30, 2023

Nobody can predict the future, but literature travels wherever it pleases. Beyond the commonplace concerns and alarmist statements that are in the news, four pairs of writers, brought together by contrasts and affinities, will take turns probing the future of four specific themes: literature, language diversity, the planet, and democracy. Join us for captivating discussions during which you will get to see and hear Quebec, Canadian and foreign points of view.

English and French

Hôtel 10, Jardin and Saint-Laurent rooms, 10 Sherbrooke Street West, Montréal

Visit the Blue Metropolis Festival website for more details.

Media partners

The Canada Council for the Arts thanks the 2023 GGBooks media partners for contributing to the promotion of literature from Canada.

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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.

How to submit a nomination