2005 Governor General's Awards
The 2005 Governor General's Awards for Literary Merit: Finalists in 14 categories (69 books) were announced October 17, winners announced November 16. The four children's literature awards were presented November 22, others presented November 23. The prize for writers and illustrators was $15,000 and "a specially crafted copy of the winning book bound by Montreal bookbinder Lise Dubois".
The winners were announced at the Bibliothèque nationale du Québec in Montreal, rather than at Library and Archives Canada in Ottawa, "[i]n honour of the designation of Montreal as UNESCO World Book Capital for 2005–2006".
As introduced in 2003, the four children's literature awards were announced and presented separately from the others. The event at Rideau Hall, the Governor General's residence in Ottawa, was scheduled to begin at 10:00 on a Tuesday morning. "Children from across the National Capital Region will be invited to attend the event, which will also include readings and workshops by the award winners."
|Fiction||David Gilmour, A Perfect Night to Go to China|
|Non-fiction||John Vaillant, The Golden Spruce: A True Story of Myth, Madness and Greed|
|Poetry||Anne Compton, Processional|
|Drama||John Mighton, Half Life|
|Children's literature||Pamela Porter, The Crazy Man|
|Children's illustration||Rob Gonsalves, Imagine a Day (Sarah L. Thomson)|
|French to English translation||Fred A. Reed, Truth or Death: The Quest for Immortality in the Western Narrative Tradition (Thierry Hentsch, Raconter et mourir : aux sources narratives de l'imaginaire occidental)||
|Fiction||Aki Shimazaki, Hotaru|
|Non-fiction||Michel Bock, Quand la nation débordait les frontières: les minorités françaises dans la pensée de Lionel Groulx||
|Poetry||Jean-Marc Desgent, Vingtièmes siècles|
|Drama||Geneviève Billette, Le Pays des genoux|
|Children's literature||Camille Bouchard, Le Ricanement des hyènes|
|Children's illustration||Isabelle Arsenault, Le cœur de monsieur Gauguin (Marie-Danielle Croteau)|
|English to French translation||Rachel Martinez, Glenn Gould: une vie (Kevin Bazzana, Wondrous Strange: The Life and Art of Glenn Gould)||
- "The Canada Council for the Arts announces finalists for the 2005 Governor General's Literary Awards". News Releases – 2005. Canada Council (canadacouncil.ca). October 17, 2005. Archived 2013-05-29. Retrieved 2015-08-20.