Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, presented the 2018 Governor General’s Literary Awards during a ceremony at Rideau Hall, on Wednesday, November 28, 2018, at 6 p.m.
DYK? World renowned author, and former Governor General, Lord Tweedsmuir (John Buchan), created the Governor General’s Literary Awards in 1936. Today we honour his legacy and celebrate Canada’s incredible literary talent. Congratulations to all of the 2018 winners. #GGBooks pic.twitter.com/DagKxPucqX— GGJuliePayette (@GGJuliePayette) November 29, 2018
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.