2021 Governor General's Literary Awards Winners

November 19, 2021 | Book Buzz

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The winners of this year's Governor General's Literary Awards were announced on November 17, 2021.

The awards are presented in 14 categories -- 7 in each of the official languages. The winner in each category receives $25,000 and each finalist is awarded $1,000. 

The complete list can be found at Governor General's Literary Awards.

These are the winners and finalists in the English Adult categories.

Drama Fiction

Sexual misconduct of the middle classes

Sexual Misconduct of the Middle Classes by Hannah Moscovitch


Drama Finalists


Crippled by Paul David Power


Selfie by Christine Quintana

Take d milk nah

Take D Milk, Nah? by Jivesh Parasram

Two indians

Two Indians by Falen Johnson


Fiction Winner


Tainna: The Unseen Ones, Short Stories by Norma Dunning


Fiction Finalists

Fictional father

Fictional Father by Joe Ollmann

Home waltz

Home Waltz by G. A. Grisenthwaite

Second place

Second Place by Rachel Cusk

You are eating an orange you are naked

You are Eating an Orange. You are Naked. by Sheung-King


Non-Fiction Winner


Alfabet/Alphabet: A Memoir of a First Language by Sadiqa de Meijer


Non-Fiction Finalists

Care of

Care of: Letters, Connections, and Cures by Ivan Coyote

Day the world stops shopping

The Day the World Stops Shopping by J. B. MacKinnon

Revery a year of bees

Revery: A Year of Bees by Jenna Butler

What i remember what i know

What I Remember, What I Know: The Life of a High Arctic Exile by Larry Audlaluk


Poetry Winner

Junta of happenstance

The Junta of Happenstance by Tolu Oloruntoba


Poetry Finalists

A history of the theories of rain

A History of the Theories of Rain by Stephen Collis


Sulphurtongue by Rebecca Salazar

Thousand times you lose your treasure

A Thousand Times You Lose Your Treasure by Hoa Nguyen

Untranslatable i

The Untranslatable I by Roxanna Bennett 


Translation: French to English Winner

In this category, the award is presented to the translator of the work. 

This radiant life

This Radiant Life by Chantal Neveu, translated by Erin Moure


Translation: French to English Finalists

Cemetery for bees

A Cemetery for Bees by Alina Dumitrescu, translated by Katia Grubisic

The lover the lake

The Lover, The Lake by Virginia Pésémapéo Bordeleau, translated by Susan Ouriou

Paul at home

Paul at Home by Michel Rabagliati, translated by Helge Dascher and Rob Aspinall

People state and war under the french regime

People, State, and War Under the French Regime in Canada by Louise Dechêne, translated by Peter Feldstein