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Governor General's Literary Awards

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Governor General's Literary Awards

The Governor General's Literary Awards are given annually to the best English-language and the best French-language book in the seven categories. Below are the English fiction and non-fiction winners. The Governor General's Literary Awards Website

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2016 English Fiction

The winner is Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien

The finalists are:
The Break by Katherena Vermette
The Parcel by Anosh Irani
Willem de Kooning's Paintbrush by Kerry Lee Powell
Yiddish for Pirates by Gary Barwin

2015 English Fiction

The winner is Daddy Lenin and Other Stories by Guy Vanderhaeghe.

The finalists are:
How You Were Born by Kate Cayler
Outline by Rachel Cusk.
The Evening Chorus by Helen Humphreys
The Winter Family by Clifford Jackman

2014 English Fiction

The winner is The Back of the Turtle by Thomas King

The finalists are:
Sweetland by Michael Crummey, about an elderly man who refuses to leave his Newfoundland hometown
Juliet was a Surprise by Bill Gaston, a short-story collection
My October by Claire Holden Rothman, takes place in 2001 Quebec
The Back of the Turtle by Thomas King, about a man who returns to his reserve after it has experienced an environmental catastrophe
The Opening Sky by Joan Thomas, about a Manitoba couple dealing with their teenage daughter’s unexpected pregnancy

2013 English Fiction

The winner is The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton

The finalists are:
The Lion Seeker by Kenneth Bonert
The Orenda by Joseph Boyden
The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
A Beautiful Truth by Colin McAdam
The Hungry Ghosts by Shyam Selvadurai

2012 English Fiction

The Purchase by Linda Spalding Pennsylvania 1798. Daniel Dickinson, a young Quaker father and widower, leaves his home to establish a new life with his 5 children and a 15-year-old orphan wife. In an act of misplaced compassion, Daniel buys a young slave boy, Onesimus, setting off a chain of events that sweep over several generations.

2012 English Non-fiction

Leonard and the Last Supper by Ross King The Last Supper, arguably the world’s most famous painting, defined its creator, Leonardo Da Vinci. This gripping tale recounts the full story behind its creation, including the political events of the time that forced da Vinci to flee Milan with the paint on The Last Supper barely dry.

2011 English Fiction

The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt Brothers Eli and Charlie Sisters are at the centre of this “great greedy heart” of a book. A rollicking tale of hired guns, faithful horses and alchemy. The ingenious prose of Patrick DeWitt conveys a dark and gentle touch.

2011 English Non-fiction

Charles Foran, Mordecai: The Life & Times by Charles Foran Mordecai: The Life & Times by Charles Foran is biography as high art, illuminating not only the character of Canada’s most provocative writer, but also, in the most vivid and compelling fashion, the times and places in which he lived. This is a grand, sweeping work that sets the standard for future literary biography.

2010 English Fiction

Cool Water by Dianne Warren

2010 English Non-fiction

Lakeland: Journeys into the Soul of Canada by Allan Casey

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