2016 Governor General's Literary Award Nominees Revealed

The Canada Council for the Arts recently announced the nominees for the 2016 Governor General's Literary Awards, the 80th year of the awards. The GGs are Canada's national literary awards, celebrating the best in Canadian Literature and showcasing the rich diversity to be found there. The nominees are selected by a peer assessment committee for each category--fiction, non-fiction, poetry, drama, children's literature-text, children's literature-illustration, and translation in both official languages. With over 1450 titles submitted, the committees narrow it down to five nominees per category for the shortlist announcement.

We'd like to congratulate all our members and their authors who received nominations:


French to English Translation Award for The Party Wall by Lazer Lederhendler (Le mur mitoyen by Catherine Leroux)

Coach House Books

French to English Translation Award for Guano by Rhonda Mullins (Guano by Louis Carmain)

J. Gordon Shillingford Publishing

Drama Award for Refuge by Mary Vingoe

Nightwood Editions

Poetry Award for Regeneration Machine by Joe Denham

Playwrights Canada Press

Drama Award for A Man A Fish by Donna-Michelle St. Bernard; Concord Floral by Jordan Tannahill; Kill Me Now by Brad Fraser; and Pig Girl by Colleen Murphy


Poetry Award for Prairie Harbour by Garry Thomas Morse

Vehicule Press

French to English Translation Award for The Goddess of Fireflies by Neil Smith (La déesse des mouches à feu by Genevieve Pettersen)


Congratulations also to BookThug and Marianne Apostolides for the English to French Translation Award nomination for Elle Nage, translated by Madeleine Stratford and published by Éditions La Peuplade. BookThug originally published the English edition, Swim, in 2009.


Winners will be announced October 25th on the GG Books website. A public reading and signing event will be held in Ottawa at the Canada Council on Nov 30th for the French-language winners and Dec 1st for the English-language winners. The awards presentation at Rideau Hall will take place on the evening of Nov 30th. To view a full list of this year's nominees and to learn more about the awards, please visit the GGBooks website.