2017 Governor General's Literary Award Winners

November 1, 2017 | Book Buzz

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The winners of the Governor General's Literary Awards were announced on November 1, 2017. The awards are presented in 14 categories and include books for adults and children in both official languages. 

This year's winners are:

Drama Winner:

Indian arm, by Hiro Kanagawa

Indian Arm by Hiro Kanagawa

Drama Finalists:

1979 by Michael healey The Colony of unrequited Dreams, by Robert Chafe The Virgin trial Within the glass

1979 by Michael Healey

The Colony of Unrequited Dreams by Robert Chafe

The Virgin Trial by Kate Hennig

Within the Glass by Anna Chatterton

Fiction Winner:

We'll all be burnt in our beds some night

We'll all be Burnt in our Beds Some Night by Joel Thomas Hynes

Fiction Finalists:

All the beloved ghosts Lost in september Uncertain weights and Measures The Water beetles

All the Beloved Ghosts by Alison MacLeod

Lost in September by Kathleen Winter

Uncertain Weights and Measures by Jocelyn Parr

The Water Beetles by Michael Kaan

Nonfiction Winner:

The way of the strangers

The Way of the Strangers: Encounters with the Islamic State by Graeme Wood

Non-Fiction Finalists:

All we leave behind The Handover Where i live now Where it hurts

All We Leave Behind: A Reporter's Journey into the Lives of Others by Carol Off

The Handover: How Bigwigs and Bureaucrats Transferred Canada's Best Publisher and the Best Part of our Literary Heritage to a Foreign Multinational by Elaine Dewar

Where I Live Now: A Journey through Love and Loss to Healing and Hope by Sharon Butala

Where it Hurts by Sarah de Leeuw

Poetry Winner:

On not losing my father's ashes in the flood

On Not Losing my Father's Ashes in the Flood by Richard Harrison

Poetry Finalists:

All the names between   Selah Slow war What the soul doesn't want

All the Names Between by Julia McCarthy

Selah by Nora Gould

Slow War by Benjamin Hertwig

What the Soul doesn't Want by Lorna Crozier

Translation: French to English Winner:


Readopolis by Bertrand Laverdure, translated by Oana Avasilichioaei

Brothers In search of new babylon The Longest year Social myths and collective imaginaries

Brothers by David Clerson, translated by Katia Grubisic

In Search of New Babylon by Dominique Scali, translated by Donald Wilson

The Longest Year by Daniel Grenier, translated by Pablo Strauss

Social Myths and Collective Imaginaries by Gérard Bouchard, translated by Howard Scott

The complete list of winners and finalists in all categories can be found on the award website.