Blog: Winners of the 2013 Governor General's Literary Awards


The Canada Council for the Arts has announced the 14 winners of the 2013 Governor General’s Literary Awards. The GGs, Canada’s national book awards, celebrate the excellence of Canadian writers, illustrators and translators. This year, 979 titles in the English-language categories and 624 titles in the French-language categories were submitted.

The Canada Council for the Arts funds, administers and promotes the Governor General’s Literary Awards. Each winner will receive $25,000. The publisher of each winning book will receive $3,000 to support promotional activities. Non-winning finalists each receive $1,000, bringing the total value of the awards to approximately $450,000.

The awards are given to seven works in English and seven works in French. Listed below are the English language winners in the categories of Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction, Children’s Literature (Text and Illustration).

  • Book:The Luminaries (Eleanor Catton)
  • Book:North End Love Songs
  • Book:Journey with No Maps: A Life of P.K. Page
  • Book:The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B
  • Book:Northwest Passage (Stan Rogers)

The winner for Drama is Nicolas Billon for Fault Lines.

The winner for Translation is Donald Winkler for his English translation of The Major Verbs by Pierre Nepveu.


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