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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.
 

  • Author:
    Fontaine, Naomi
    Summary:

    Naomi Fontaine raconte à Shuni l'histoire du peuple innu avec amour, passion et dignité. Prix des collégiens 2020 Finaliste Prix Voix autochtones 2020 Finaliste Prix Une ville un livre (Ville de Québec) 2020 Résumé Naomi Fontaine écrit...

  • Author:
    St. Bernard, Donna-Michelle, Albert, Kern, McKim, Andy, Parasram, Jivesh
    Summary:

    "Compassion is good, but it’s just motivation. Cars need engines. Movements need mobilization."Through spoken word, storytelling and hip hop, acclaimed wordsmith Donna-Michelle St. Bernard illuminates racial discrimination, the...

  • Author:
    Thomas, Rebecca
    Summary:

    What does it mean to be Mi'kmaq? And if Swift Fox can't find the answer, will she ever feel like part of her family? When Swift Fox's father picks her up to go visit her aunties, uncles, and cousins, her belly is already full of...

  • Author:
    Fan, Terry
    Summary:

    In a world built for Perfect Pets, Barnabus is a Failed Project, half mouse, half elephant, kept out of sight until his dreams of freedom lead him and his misfit friends on a perilous adventure. A stunning picture book from...

  • Author:
    Robertson, David A.
    Summary:

    Narnia meets traditional Indigenous stories of the sky and constellations in an epic middle-grade fantasy series from award-winning author David Robertson.
    Morgan and Eli, two Indigenous children forced away from their families...

  • Author:
    Lubrin, Canisia
    Summary:

    Canisia Lubrin returns with a mesmerizing new collection, the follow-up to her breakout book, Voodoo Hypothesis . Windham-Campbell Prize, Winner 2021 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature, Longlist Raymond Souster Award, Longlist Pat...

  • Author:
    Walters, Eric
    Summary:

    ★ “Tug at the heartstrings and tickle the funny bone…This warm tale is definitely one for the keeper shelves. Highly recommended.”—School Library Journal, starred reviewThirteen-year-old Robbie leads a double life. It's just Robbie and...

  • Author:
    Laverdure, Bertrand, Avasilichioaei, Oana
    Summary:

    Sandrine's father is dead, and her mother has vanished into her immense grief and sorrow. Alone and suffering from an incurable disease, the eleven-year-old girl finds companionship in her doctor, Tiresias, who morphologically changes...

  • Author:
    Anand, Madhur
    Summary:

    "Wondrously and elegantly written in language that astonishes and moves the reader...This is an important book: an emotional and intellectual tour de force." —Jane Urquhart An experimental memoir about Partition, immigration,...

  • Author:
    Hrab, Naseem
    Summary:

    A little boy spends the weekend at his dad's new apartment in this picture book about how things change when parents separate — and the important things that stay the same. "This home is home because my dad is here, and it's...

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