Governor General's Literary Awards 2018

read great book ggbooks.caCongratulations to all nominees for this year's coveted Governor General's Literary Awards.

Drum roll, please! And the WINNERS, announced October 30, are...


Beirut Hellfire Society by Rawi Hage

Jonny Appleseed by Joshua Whitehead

The Red Word by Sarah Henstra WINNER

Women Talking: A Novel by Miriam Toews

Zolitude by Paige Cooper


Dead Reckoning: How I Came to Meet the Man Who Murdered My Father by Carys Cragg

Heart Berries: A Memoir by Terese Marie Mailhot

Homes: A Refugee Story by Abu Bakr Rabeeah with Winnie Yeun

Mamaskatch: A Cree Coming of Age by Darrek J. McLeod WINNER

The Wife's Tale: A Personal History by Aida Edemariam

Young People's Literature

Ebb & Flow by Heather Smith

Learning to Breathe: A Novel by Janice Lynn Mather

Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster by Jonathan Auxier WINNER

The Journey of Little Charlie by Christopher Paul Curtis

Winnie's Great War by Lindsay Mattick & Josh Greenhut

Young People's Literature - Illustrated

Africville by Shauntay Grant

At the Pond by Werner Zimmerman and Eva Campbell

Go Show the World: A Celebration of Indigenous Heroes by Wab Kinew and Joe Morse

Ocean Meets Sky by the Fan Brothers

They Say Blue by Jillian Tamaki WINNER


Descent Into Night: A Novel by Edem Awumey; Translated by Phyllis Aronoff and Howard Scott WINNER

Explosions: A Novel by Mathieu Poulin; Translated by Aleshia Jensen

Jacob Isaac Segal: A Montreal Yiddish Poet and His Milieu by Pierre Anctil; Translated by Vivian Felsen

Little Beast by Julie Demers; Translated by Rhonda Mullins

Songs for the Cold Heart: A Novel by Eric Dupont; Translated by Peter McCambridge


Because: A Lyric Memoir by Joshua Mensch

Night Became Years by Jason Stefanik

The Blue Clerk by Dionne Brand

This Wound is a World by Billy-Ray Belcourt

Wayside Sang by Cecily Nicholson WINNER


Botticelli in the Fire & Sunday in Sodom by Jordan Tannahill WINNER

Gertrude and Alice by Anna Chatterton and Evalyn Parry with Karin Randoja

Paradise Lost by Erin Shields

The Men in White by Anosh Irani

This is How We Got Here by Keith Baker

More information: About the Award | Past Winners & Finalists