Governor General to Present the 2019 Literary Awards

December 10, 2019

OTTAWA—Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, will present the 2019 Governor General’s Literary Awards during a ceremony at Rideau Hall, on Thursday, December 12, 2019, at 6 p.m.

Her Excellency will honour the laureates in the English and French categories of young people’s literature (text and illustrated books), translation, poetry, drama, non-fiction and fiction. 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 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.


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:
Josephine Laframboise
Rideau Hall Press Office
613-668-1929 (cell)

Joly-Anne Ricard
Canada Council for the Arts
1-800-263-5588 (extension 4166)
343-998-2627 (cell)

To book interviews with the winners:

Charlene Coy
C2C Communications

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