1999 Governor General's Awards

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The winners of the 1999 Governor General's Literary Awards were announced by Jean-Louis Roux, chairman, and Shirley Thomson, director of the Canada Council for the Arts, at a press conference held on November 16 at the National Library of Canada. Each winner received a cheque for CA$10,000.


Category Winner Nominated
Fiction Blue ribbon Matt Cohen, Elizabeth and After[1]
Non-fiction Blue ribbon Marq de Villiers, Water[1]
Poetry Blue ribbon Jan Zwicky, Songs for Relinquishing the Earth[1]
Drama Blue ribbon Michael Healey, The Drawer Boy[1]
Children's literature Blue ribbon Rachna Gilmore, A Screaming Kind of Day[4]
Children's illustration Blue ribbon Gary Clement, The Great Poochini[4]
French to English translation Blue ribbon Patricia Claxton, Gabrielle Roy: A Life (François Ricard, Gabrielle roy, une vie)[4]


Category Winner Nominated
Fiction Blue ribbon Lise Tremblay, La Danse juive[4]
Non-fiction Blue ribbon Pierre Perrault, Le Mal du Nord[1]
Poetry Blue ribbon Herménégilde Chiasson, Conversations[4]
Drama Blue ribbon Jean-Marc Dalpé, Il n'y a que l'amour[4]
Children's literature Blue ribbon Charlotte Gingras, La Liberté? Connais pas...[4]
Children's illustration Blue ribbon Stéphane Jorisch, Charlotte et l'île du destin[4]
English to French translation Blue ribbon Jacques Brault, Transfiguration (E. D. Blodgett, Transfiguration)[4]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Matt Cohen wins G-G for an idea he 'wished he hadn't had'". The Globe and Mail, November 17, 1999.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "G-G awards shortlist gets shorter: Winners announced today". National Post, November 16, 1999.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t "Nominee list". Hamilton Spectator, October 20, 1999.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Literary winners applaud cultural funding at Governor General's Awards". Waterloo Region Record, November 17, 1999.