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!
Until 1959, only English-language books were eligible. Francophone authors could receive an award only 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.
Publishers can submit works they consider to be outstanding. The guidelines and eligibility requirements are accessible through the button below.