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Governor General's Literary Awards 2020

The Governor General’s Literary Awards are given annually to the best English-language and the best French-language book in each of seven categories:
  • Fiction
  • Literary Non-fiction
  • Poetry
  • Drama
  • Young People’s Literature (Text)
  • Young People’s Literature (Illustrated Books)
  • Translation (from French to English, and English to French).

Check out some of the 2019 finalists, below, and read about the 14 winners, here!Including Disfigured, by Amanda Leduc, which is the first Canadian title to be published in all accessible and traditional formats simultaneously!

More titles will be added to this collection over the coming month, so feel free to check back to see what has been included. While we cannot produce all 70 longlisted titles, we encourage you to request the ones you would like to read, in whatever format you need. To access our request form, log into your NNELS account and search for the book you want; if you cannot find it, look for the link to the title request form above the filters on any page of search results.

For more great Canadian reading, please check out the winners and nominees from 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019.


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