December 12, 2019
The Governor General presented the 2019 Governor General’s Literary Awards during a ceremony at Rideau Hall. Her Excellency honoured the laureates in the English and French categories of young people’s literature (text and illustrated books), translation, poetry, drama, non-fiction and fiction.
The Governor General’s Literary Awards, administered and funded 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.