Governor General’s Literary Awards

Past Winners and Finalists

Explore the list of Governor General’s Literary Award winners (since 1936) and finalists (since 1979) to learn more about past awards, generate a book club reading list, or simply discover our best books!



Up to 1959, only English books were eligible. French authors could receive the award if their work had been translated and published in English.

**Award declined by recipient.

There were no finalists prior to 1979. Categories have changed over time.

From 1987 to 2015, the Young People’s Literature categories were referred to as the Children’s Literature categories.

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