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2016 Governor General's Literary Awards

November 28, 2016

Governor General to Present the 2016 Literary Awards

OTTAWA—His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, accompanied by Her Excellency Sharon Johnston, will present the 2016 Governor General’s Literary Awards during a ceremony at Rideau Hall, on Wednesday, November 30, 2016, at 6 p.m.

His Excellency will honour 14 laureates in the English and French categories of fiction, poetry, drama, non-fiction, young people’s literature (text and illustrated books) and translation. This is the 80th edition of the Awards. For more information on the winners, visit the Canada Council for the Arts website at

About the Governor General’s Literary Awards
The Governor General’s Literary Awards, administered by the Canada Council for the Arts, are Canada’s oldest and most prestigious awards for English-and French-language Canadian literature. They were established by former Governor General Lord Tweedsmuir (also known as John Buchan, author of The Thirty-Nine Steps.) The first awards honoured books published in 1936, and have since evolved into Canada’s pre-eminent national literary prizes. In addition to the monetary award, each laureate receives a bound copy of their winning book. 


Members of the media wishing to cover the ceremony are asked to confirm their attendance in advance with the Rideau Hall Press Office, and should arrive at the Princess Anne Entrance no later than 5:45 p.m. on the day of the ceremony.

Media information:
Julie Rocheleau
Rideau Hall Press Office

Meredith Sharpe
Public Relations
Canada Council for the Arts
343-998-2627 or 1-800-263-5588, ext. 4166

To book interviews with the winners:
Geneviève Blouin
Genesis PR

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