Governor General's Literary Award winners have been announced. Here are the winners for poetry, fiction and non-fiction. Please checkout the GG website for the full list of winners and nominees. Enjoy.
North End Love Songs (M)
by Katherena Vermette
Summary - Winnipeg’s
North End is a neighbourhood of colourful birds, stately elms, and wily
rivers. It’s where a brother’s disappearance is trivialized because he
is Aboriginal, where girls share secrets, cigarettes and stories of
love, and where a young mother watches her daughters as they play in the
Comment from the peer assessment committee - In
spare, minimalist language, North End Love Songs attends to the demands
of Indigenous and European poetics, braiding an elegant journey that
takes us from Winnipeg’s North End out into the world. We enter the
undocumented lives of its citizens and celebrate them through Katherena
Vermette’s beautiful poems.
Pour les Désespéres Seulement (M)
by René Lapierre
Summary - Presented
like a botanical treatise, Pour les désespérés seulement cultivates
hope. “General Botany, Catalogue of Flowers, Herbarium One, Herbarium
Two and Consignment” (translation). Thus reads nature up close: the
everyday gestures, the endangered species, the poems lost and burnt and
that final word we have not spoken, we who had dreamt of a more human
Comment from the peer assessment committee - Pour
les désespérés seulement by René Lapierre is a book for those who do
not turn a blind eye to the often desperate state of our world. A
collection that brings us back to what really is and that evokes, in
counterpoint, nature and botany, giving us a glimpse of ‘the
infinitesimal joy that watches over us.’
The Luminaries (M)
by Eleanor Catton |
Comment from the peer assessment committee - The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton is an entire narrative universe with its own mysterious cosmology. This exhilarating feat of literary design dazzles with masterful storytelling. Each character is a planet – complex and brilliantly revealed. Precise sensual prose illuminates greed, fear, jealousy, longing – all that it means to be human.
Quand les Guêpes se Taisent (M)
by Stéphanie Pelletier
Summary - This collection features characters who are in love with life, whether it is beginning, ending, or starting over – as lighthearted as a spring day and the chatter of cousins at a wedding, or as subtle as autumn light and the deliciousness of snuggling in bed. An unfaithful father, a widowed lover, stray dogs and other evocative figures reveal a fragile and touching humanity. In this great celebration of the senses, love and death dance cheek to cheek
Journey with No Maps: a life of P.K. Page (M)
by Sandra Djwa
Summary - This is the first biography of P.K. Page, a brilliant 20th-century poet and fine artist, who becomes one of Canada's best-loved and most influential writers. The product of over a decade's research and writing, the book is both the captivating story of a remarkable woman and a major contribution to the study of Canada's literary and artistic history.
Comment from the peer assessment committee - Journey with No Maps: A Life of P.K. Page by Sandra Djwa is a compelling portrait of a complex woman who pushed boundaries in both her art and her life. An insightful discussion of the power of her poetry, the book also illuminates Canada’s literary history in its formative years.
Aimer, Enseigner (M)
by Yvon Rivard
Comment from the peer assessment committee - What can literature tell us about teaching and its unavoidable dimension of the erotic? This is the thorny and audacious question tackled by Yvon Rivard. In luminous prose, the complex discussion in Aimer, enseigner underscores the importance, for teachers, of disappearing into the very light that they conjure.