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.


GGBooks Finalists Announcement

event date logo October 12, 2022

The Canada Council for the Arts reveals the five Governor General’s Literary Awards (GGBooks) finalists in each of the seven English-language categories and seven French-language categories.

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GGBooks Winners Announcement

event date logo November 16, 2022

The Canada Council for the Arts reveals the Governor General’s Literary Awards (GGBooks) winners in each of the seven English-language categories and seven French-language categories.

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Imaginairium by Wordfest

 October 2022

Wordfest presents its 27th fall festival, the Imaginairium, featuring many Canadian authors who have been GGArts winners and finalists.  

October 2: An exclusive conversation with two-time winner for Children’s Literature, David A. Robertson, hosted by Shelagh Rogers (later broadcast on The Next Chapter). 

October 3: Free Family Storytime, in which David A. Robertson will be reading his picture book From the Trapline. Ice cream treats will be provided by Calgary’s Village Ice Cream. 

October 5: Andre Alexis & Yann Martel engage in a generous, wide-ranging conversation, co-presented by Wordfest and PEN Canada. 

October 28: Presenting the 1990 GGArts winner for Drama (English), Ann-Marie MacDonald, and her new novel, Frayne


Various locations

Visit the Imaginairium by Wordfest website for more details.
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The Last Chapter Brunch

event date logo Sunday, October 2, 2022, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. EDT

Raise a glass of mimosa (or a cup of coffee) as we celebrate the final event of our 14th annual festival with literary legend David Adams Richards and Wayne Grady. David has followed up his acclaimed Miramichi Trilogy with The Tragedy of Eva Mott, a powerful standalone novel brimming with his signature blend of gravitas and humour about a community under moral scrutiny for a litany of greater and lesser sins. Enjoy your meal and then sit back and enjoy the conversation with the artist often billed as one of Canada’s greatest living writers.

Language logo English

Location LogoFour Points Sheraton Ballroom – 285 King Street East, Kingston, ON K7L 3B1

 Visit the Kingston WritersFest website for more details.
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An Intimate Evening with Billy-Ray Belcourt

 Wednesday, October 19, 2022, at 8 p.m. PDT

Some writers are so talented and so transcendent that you wonder how they haven’t been part of the canon for generations. Billy-Ray Belcourt is one of those writers: the youngest-ever winner of the prestigious Griffin Poetry Prize, a national bestseller and multi-award-winning memoirist for A History of My Brief Body, and a celebrated professor, writer, and scholar from the Driftpile Cree Nation. He’ll talk more about his work to date, including his debut novel, A Minor Chorus, an urgent story about breaching the prisons inside which we live. Don’t miss your chance to hear from this brilliant, daring literary voice. Hosted by Mercedes Eng.


The NEST – Festival House, 1398 Cartwright Street, 3rd Floor, Vancouver, BC V6H 3R8

Visit the Vancouver Writers Fest website for details
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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.


Virtual event

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Media partners

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