Governor General's Literary Awards

GGBooks events across Canada

2018 GGBooks Past Events:

Kingston WritersFest

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.

Why YA?: Children's Authors on Kidlit

Kenneth Oppel and Tim Wynne-Jones are prolific, award-winning children’s authors. Ken brings us middle-grade graphic novel Inkling, about an artist’s ink blot that comes to life, and Tim Wynne-Jones presents crossover YA thriller The Ruinous Sweep. In conversation with kidlit editor Shelley Tanaka, Ken and Tim talk about why they write for kids, the phenomenal rise in crossover fiction—books written for children and young adults but attractive to adults—and why it’s important for adults to read children’s and YA literature. Adults, teens, and kids welcome.

Where: Islandview Room, Holiday Inn Kingston Waterfront, 2 Princess St, Kingston

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Kingston WritersFest

Friday, September 28, 2018 at 1:00 p.m.

The Beginning, the End, and the Middle: Poetry

An extraordinary opportunity to hear one of Canada’s most renowned and accomplished poets in conversation with an exciting debut poet. Dionne Brand is an essayist and writer of short and long-form fiction, but her most recent work is poetry collection The Blue Clerk: Ars Poetica in 59 Versos. Canisia Lubrin presents her debut collection Voodoo Hypothesis. Together they explore memory, language, culture, literary trends, and time, and the relationships between the artist and the world, and between the artist and art.

Where: Islandview Room, Holiday Inn Kingston Waterfront, 2 Princess St, Kingston

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Wordfest

Wednesday, October 10 at 7:00 p.m.

A Dramatic Celebration of the Governor General’s Literary Awards

Join us for a theatrically charged celebration of the Governor General’s Literary Awards. The authors in the spotlight are all past GG luminaries. Their new novels – Heartbreaker, Beirut Hellfire Society, and Liminal – will be dramatically brought to life through conversation and the special twist of having members of Calgary’s acting community perform the readings.

Where: Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor, 1221 – 2nd Street SW, Calgary

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Vancouver Writers Fest

Saturday, 20, October, 2018 at 10:30 a.m.

#66 − Love Four Ways

The irresistible, binding, and sometimes elusive feeling that drives us is also the beating heart of the finest stories in world literature. Dionne Brand’s latest novel, Theory, depicts passionate love affairs interspersing academic life. Kathy Page also follows romantic love, revealing how the romantic and platonic intermingle during a seventy-year-long marriage. Writer and actor Sarah Winman’s Tin Man is a story of friendship between genders and ages. Jordan Tannahill explores a complex, deeply loving relationship between mother and son in his lauded Liminal. This feeling drives us over all else. Come revel in it with these savvy minds.

Where: Waterfront Theatre, 1412 Cartwright Street, Vancouver

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Toronto International Festival of Authors (TIFA)

Monday, October 22, 2018 at 8 p.m.

Festival Celebration: GGBooks

This star-studded event will celebrate the authors shortlisted for the 2018 Governor General’s Literary Award for English-language fiction. This will be a panel discussion featuring the 2018 finalists and will be moderated by Carol Off, co-host of CBC Radio’s As It Happens.

Where: Fleck Dance Theatre, 207 Queens Quay West, 3rd Floor, Toronto

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GGBooks Public Reading and Book Signing: French-winning authors

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at noon

The Canada Council for the Arts invites the public to join the French-language 2018 GGBooks winners as they read excerpts from their award-winning books. Don’t miss the opportunity to have them sign your books while you're here.

Presented by the Canada Council for the Arts

Wheelchair accessible

Sign language interpretation upon request by Wednesday, November 21, 2018 to prizes@canadacouncil.ca

Where: Canada Council for the Arts, Massey-Lévesque Room, 2nd Floor, 150 Elgin Street, Ottawa

GGBooks Public Reading and Book Signing: English-winning authors

Thursday, November 29, 2018 at noon

The Canada Council for the Arts invites the public to join the English-language 2018 GGBooks winners as they read excerpts from their award-winning books. Don’t miss the opportunity to have them sign your books while you're here.

Presented by the Canada Council for the Arts

Wheelchair accessible

Sign language interpretation upon request by Wednesday, November 21, 2018 to prizes@canadacouncil.ca

Where: Canada Council for the Arts, Massey-Lévesque Room, 2nd Floor, 150 Elgin Street, Ottawa

Maison de la littérature

Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 11 a.m.

Amuse-bouches: 2018 GGBooks Award Winners

Actress Marianne Marceau and musician Frédéric Brunet welcome book lovers and foodies for a late-morning taste of the most tantalizing pages of local literature. Come hear excerpts from the 2018 GBBooks award winners, while feasting on delectable hors d'oeuvres specially selected for each of the prize-winning works to whet your appetite for a one-on-one…with a great book!

Where: Maison de la littérature, 40 Saint-Stanislas Street, Québec

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Frye Festival

Thursday, May 2, 2019 at 12:00 noon

Vanishing Point: Writing About Disappearance

The novels HeartbreakerDe synthèseLa route du lilas and First Snow, Last Light all feature characters that are either on the run, missing or fading away. Why and how do we write about disappearance? Get the answers from award-winning authors Claudia Dey, Éric Dupont, Karoline Georges and Wayne Johnston.

Host: Danielle LeBlanc

Where: Moncton City Hall, 655 Main Street, Moncton

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Festival Metropolis Bleu

Sunday, May 5, 2019, 2:00 pm

The Power of Literature

Can literature change the world?

Six Canadian writers - poets, novelists and translators - chosen among the 2018 Governor General’s Award winners, answer this question, from both a personal and a literary perspective. This event has been organized jointly with the Canada Council for the Arts to celebrate the finalists and winners of the 2018 Governor General’s Literary Awards. Darrel J. McLeod, Karoline Georges, Michaël Trahan, Sarah Henstra, Phyllis Aronoff / Howard Scott and Paul Gagné.

Host: Katia Grubisic

Where: HOTEL 10, St. Laurent Room, 10 Sherbrooke Street West, Montréal

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