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Governor General's Literary Awards 2021

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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 2021 finalists, below, and find a full list of all 2020 winners here!!

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 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, 2019 and 2020.
 

  • Author:
    Sambury, Liselle
    Summary:

    A rich, dark urban fantasy debut following a teen witch who is given a horrifying task: sacrificing her first love to save her family's magic. The problem is, she's never been in love—she'll have to find the perfect guy before she can...

  • Author:
    Coyote, Ivan
    Summary:

    Beloved storyteller Ivan Coyote returns with their most intimate and moving book yet. Writer and performer Ivan Coyote has spent decades on the road, telling stories around the world. For years, Ivan has kept a file of the most special...

  • Author:
    Mishka Lavigne
    Summary:

    ELLE je suis devenue l'ombre de moi l'ombre qui s'efface ses contours qui disparaissent dans la noirceur qui monte.

  • Author:
    Bouchard, Serge
    Summary:

    De novembre 1975 à octobre 1976, Serge Bouchard a voyagé avec des camionneurs dans le Nord-Ouest québécois. Son but : étudier et observer leur travail pour en faire le sujet de sa thèse de doctorat. Serge Bouchard et Mark Fortier ont...

  • Author:
    LaDuchesse, Chloé
    Summary:

    Exosquelette : Appareil fixé sur le corps pour lui redonner sa mobilité. La poésie est l’exosquelette de Chloé LaDuchesse : «Mes os sont toujours creux, il n’y a rien à faire. Ce qui reste de moi, ce sont ces mots autour desquels je...

  • Author:
    Dowding, Philippa
    Summary:

    Firefly lived in the park across from her mother’s home. It was safer there. But after the bad night happens, and her baseball-bat-wielding mother is taken away, social services sends Firefly to live with her Aunt Gayle. She hardly...

  • Author:
    Gravel, François
    Summary:

    La langue française, c’est tout un zoo ! Surtout lorsqu’elle raconte les bêtes et les bestioles. La langue au chat et autres poèmes pas bêtes, c’est un recueil de 21 nouveaux poèmes où les animaux sont en vedette, qu’importe s’ils...

  • Author:
    Sénéchal, Jean-François
    Summary:

    Depuis la naissance de son fils, Chris espère plus que jamais le retour de sa mère, partie le jour de ses dix-huit ans. Pourra-t-elle enfin accepter son handicap intellectuel ? Le petit Joseph saura-t-il la rendre heureuse ? Car les...

  • Author:
    Luby, Brittany
    Summary:

    In this lyrical story-poem, written in Anishinaabemowin and English, a child and grandmother explore their surroundings, taking pleasure in the familiar sights that each new season brings.

  • Author:
    Harbridge, Paul
    Summary:

    An empowering and necessary picture book about a young girl with Down syndrome who gains confidence and independence through a visit to her grandparents. It's Kate's first time visiting her grandparents on her own at their lakeside home...

  • Author:
    Ahn, Angela
    Summary:

    Eleven-year-old Peter Lee has one goal in life: to become a paleontologist. But in one summer, that all falls apart. Told in short, accessible journal entries and combining the humor of Timmy Failure with the poignant family dynamics of...

  • Author:
    Butler, Jenna
    Summary:

    I hope you're okay in there, lovelies. I hope you're warm. After five years of working with bees on her farm in northern Alberta, Jenna Butler shares with the reader the rich experience of keeping hives. Starting with a rare bright day...

  • Author:
    Tapiero, Olivia
    Summary:

    « Dits d'insoumission afin de déboulonner assises et nations. » Résumé "Je veux écrire à marée basse." Rien du tout, c'est l'espace où tout s'effondre, la forme, le genre, l'être. S'ouvre le trou noir, auquel il faut revenir pour naître...

  • Author:
    Quintana, Christine
    Summary:

    A new year of high school is full of excitement and potential—but three teens didn't expect it to bring such a dark change to their lives. After spending a summer reinventing herself in Paris, Emma is ready for her new life to start,...

  • Author:
    Salazar, Rebecca
    Summary:

    An urgent, powerful examination of place and the ways in which all kinds of identities exist and collide. The poems in sulphurtongue ask how to redefine desire and kinship across languages, and across polluted environments. An immigrant...

  • Author:
    Dunning, Norma
    Summary:

    Drawing on both lived experience and cultural memory, Norma Dunning brings together six powerful new short stories centred on modern-day Inuk characters in Tainna. Ranging from homeless to extravagantly wealthy, from spiritual to jaded...

  • Author:
    MacKinnon, J.B.
    Summary:

    In a brilliant work of imaginative nonfiction, prize-winning author J.B. MacKinnon asks, what would happen - to our economy, our ecology, our products, ourselves - if we stopped consuming so much? Is that alternative world one we might...

  • Author:
    Pésémapéo Bordeleau, Virginia
    Summary:

    "The first erotic novel written by an Indigenous woman in French-available for the first time in English. In The Lover, the Lake, Virginia Pesemapeo Bordeleau crafts a spellbinding, sensual love story, as a response to the stereotypical...

  • Author:
    Neveu, Chantal
    Summary:

    In this stunning long poem, Chantal Neveu draws from the lexicons of science, art, revolution and corporeal movement to forge intense and extended rhythms that invoke the elements and spaces making up our world. This is poetry capable...

  • Author:
    Sheung-King
    Summary:

    A young translator travels from his home in Toronto to Hong Kong, Macau, Prague, Tokyo. His unnamed lover comes with him: in restaurants and hotel rooms, they entertain each other with comic and enigmatic folk tales. Yet their verbal...

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