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Eleanor Catton does it again and wins Canada’s Governor General’s Literary Award

She’s on a roll. Eleanor Catton, winner of the Booker Prize last month, has now claimed Canada’s Governor General’s Literary Award for fiction for The Luminaries – a mystery set in the 19th century gold rush in New Zealand. Once again, I have to write SHE’S JUST 28. The Canadian-born, New Zealand author was the youngest-ever winner of the Booker for which she took home about $80,000. The Governor General’s prize was worth another $25,000.

Full report from the CBC.

Winners of Governor-General’s Literary Awards (English, French)


Eleanor Catton, The Luminaries (McClelland & Stewart)

Stéphanie Pelletier, Quand les guêpes se taisent (Leméac Éditeur)


Katherena Vermette, North End Love Songs (The Muses’ Company)

René Lapierre, Pour les désespérés seulement (Éditions Les Herbes rouges)


Nicolas Billon, Fault Lines: Greenland – Iceland – Faroe Islands (Coach House Books)

Fanny Britt, Bienveillance (Leméac Éditeur)

Non fiction

Sandra Djwa, Journey with No Maps: A Life of P.K. Page (McGill-Queen’s University Press)

Yvon Rivard, Aimer, enseigner (Les Éditions du Boréal)

Children’s Literature – Text

Teresa Toten, The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B (Doubleday Canada)

Geneviève Mativat, À l’ombre de la grande maison (Éditions Pierre Tisseyre)

Children’s Literature – Illustration

Matt James, Northwest Passage, text by Stan Rogers (Groundwood Books)

Isabelle Arsenault, Jane, le renard & moi, text by Fanny Britt (Les Éditions de la Pastèque)


Donald Winkler, The Major Verbs (Signal Editions); English translation of Les verbes majeurs by Pierre Nepveu

Sophie Voillot, L’enfant du jeudi (Les Éditions du Boréal); French translation of Far to Go by Alison Pick

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