1980 Governor General's Awards

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Each winner of the 1980 Governor General's Awards for Literary Merit was selected by a panel of judges administered by the Canada Council for the Arts.

English[edit]

Category Winner Nominated
Fiction Blue ribbon George Bowering, Burning Water
Non-fiction Blue ribbon Jeffrey Simpson, Discipline of Power: The Conservative Interlude and the Liberal Restoration
Poetry or drama Blue ribbon Stephen Scobie, McAlmon's Chinese Opera

French[edit]

Category Winner Nominated
Fiction Blue ribbon Pierre Turgeon, La première personne
Non-fiction Blue ribbon Maurice Champagne-Gilbert, La famille et l'homme à délivrer du pouvoir
Poetry or drama Blue ribbon Michel Van Schendel, De l'oeil et de l'écoute