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 for updated events as they become available.

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Amuse-bouches Series: 2020 Governor General’s Literary Awards

 Available now

Amuse-bouches is a literary tasting that whets readers’ appetites. Writings by Canadian authors are read by actor Valérie Laroche over a soundtrack by Frédéric Brunet and broadcast online as audio clips, to the delight of word lovers. The Maison de la littérature’s fall 2021 Amuse-bouches focusses on the winners of the 2020 Governor General’s Literary Awards and their authors.

French Event

Virtual event

Access the podcasts
Visit the Maison de la littérature website for details
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Fantastic Figures: the Magic in All Bodies

event date logo September 25, 2021

Mermen, ogres, centaurs and witches dwell on the pages of Amanda Leduc’s novel, The Centaurs Wife, and Therese Estacion’s poetry collection, Phantompains. In these two unique and beautifully crafted works, the narrator navigates trauma, grief, pain and hope through a surreal and fantastical landscape. But these fabled figures also provide a lens into the lives of other bodies―marginalized, disabled or otherwise unconventional in their aspect, feared for their difference, but imbued with their own power and beauty. In conversation with Erin Ball, at the Kingston WritersFest.

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 Visit the Kingston WritersFest website for details
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HUNTING BY STARS: Cherie Dimaline in Conversation with David A. Robertson

 October 24, 2021

When Dimaline’s The Marrow Thieves was published in 2017, it won multiple awards and established Dimaline as an astonishing new literary voice. Now she releases her sequel to much anticipation, continuing the adventure in a dystopian world where the Indigenous people of North America are being hunted for their bone marrow and ability to dream. In this intimate conversation with Robertson (famous for his own GGBooks-nominated series), Dimaline shares the themes and writing process behind this latest work, at the Vancouver WritersFest.

English Event

Virtual event

Watch the event on-demand beginning in December 2021 on the WritersFest website
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GGBooks Non-fiction Finalists

The Day the World Stops Shopping, with J.B. MacKinnon

 November 15, at 1:30 p.m. EST

Writing the Self, with Ivan Coyote and Larry Audlaluk

  November 15, 4:00 p.m. EST

What I Remember, What I Know, with Larry Audlaluk

 November 16, 2:30 p.m. EST

Reckoning with Nature, with Jenna Butler and J.B. MacKinnon

 November 16, 5:00 p.m. EST

Celebrate the Governor General’s Literary Awards (GGBooks) with four virtual events featuring the finalists from the Non-fiction category, at the Toronto International Festival of Authors.

English event

Virtual event

Visit the TIFA website for details

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The Way We GG

 December 9, 2021, at 7 p.m. MT

Imagine On Air’s The Way We storytelling series presents our annual The Way We GG event, featuring three past finalists or winners of the Governor General’s Award for Fiction: Francesca Ekwuyasi, Tessa McWatt, and Guy Vanderhaeghe. Each will perform an open mic-style monologue related to their work as well as answer questions from the host, Pam Rocker.

English event

Virtual event

Visit the Wordfest website for details
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Raw Memories

 Saturday, May 7, 2022

With new knowledge and updated visions, our stance on the past continues to evolve. In recent years, various perspectives (postcolonial, feminist, Indigenous) have profoundly impacted our reading of history. Novelists, who translate life, and essayists, who reflect on the questions it brings up, inevitably echo this shift. Thanks to the quality of their work, a number of writers addressing such subjects have also retained the attention of Governor General's Literary Awards peer assessment committees, whether in 2021 or in preceding years. For its 24th edition, in person May 5 to 8, 2022, the Blue Metropolis International Literary Festival will bring some of them together in Montréal to discuss a contentious subject: with what state of mind should we revisit the past? What are the present’s blind spots? Simply put, how might we translate life—all of life?

French event

Grande Bibliothèque, 475 Maisonneuve Blvd. East, Montréal

Visit the Metropolis bleu website for details
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In Other Words / En d’autres mots

 April 24, 2021

Two writers, two translators and two books that muddle fiction and reality. A conversation at the Frye Festival 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

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