Governor General's Award for English-language fiction

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The Governor General's Award for English-language fiction is a Canadian literary award that annually recognizes one Canadian writer for a fiction book written in English.[1] It is one of fourteen Governor General's Awards for Literary Merit, seven each for creators of English- and French-language books. The awards was created by the Canadian Authors Association in partnership with Lord Tweedsmuir in 1936. In 1959, the award became part of the Governor General's Awards program at the Canada Council for the Arts in 1959.[1] The age requirement is 18 and up.

The program was created in 1937 by the Canadian Authors Association and inaugurated that November for 1936 publications in two English-language categories, conventionally called the 1936 Governor General's Awards.[1] Administration of the awards was transferred to the Canada Council in 1959.[1]

The winners alone were announced until 1979, when Canada Council released in advance a shortlist of three nominees. Omitted only for 1981, the advance shortlist has numbered three to six; from 1997, always five.

Winners and nominees[edit]

1930s[edit]

Year Author Title Ref
1936 Bertram Brooker Think of the Earth [2]
1937 Laura G. Salverson The Dark Weaver [3]
1938 Gwethalyn Graham Swiss Sonata [4]
1939 Franklin D. McDowell The Champlain Road [5]

1940s[edit]

Year Author Title Ref
1940 Ringuet Thirty Acres [6]
1941 Alan Sullivan Three Came to Ville Marie [7]
1942 G. Herbert Sallans Little Man [8]
1943 Thomas H. Raddall The Pied Piper of Dipper Creek [9]
1944 Gwethalyn Graham Earth and High Heaven [10]
1945 Hugh MacLennan Two Solitudes [11]
1946 Winifred Bambrick Continental Revue [12]
1947 Gabrielle Roy The Tin Flute [13]
1948 Hugh MacLennan The Precipice [14]
1949 Philip Child Mr. Ames Against Time [15]

1950s[edit]

Year Author Title Ref
1950 Germaine Guèvremont The Outlander [16]
1951 Morley Callaghan The Loved and the Lost [17]
1952 David Walker The Pillar [18]
1953 David Walker Digby [19]
1954 Igor Gouzenko The Fall of a Titan [20]
1955 Lionel Shapiro The Sixth of June [21]
1956 Adele Wiseman The Sacrifice [22]
1957 Gabrielle Roy Street of Riches [23]
1958 Colin McDougall Execution [24]
1959 Hugh MacLennan The Watch That Ends the Night [25]

1960s[edit]

Year Author Title Ref
1960 Brian Moore The Luck of Ginger Coffey [26]
1961 Malcolm Lowry Hear Us O Lord from Heaven Thy Dwelling Place [27]
1962 Kildare Dobbs Running to Paradise [28]
1963 Hugh Garner Hugh Garner's Best Stories [29]
1964 Douglas LePan The Deserter [30]
1965 No award presented [31]
1966 Margaret Laurence A Jest of God [32]
1967 No award presented [33]
1968 Alice Munro Dance of the Happy Shades [34]
Mordecai Richler Cocksure
1969 Robert Kroetsch The Studhorse Man [35]

1970s[edit]

Year Author Title Ref.
1970 Dave Godfrey The New Ancestors [36]
1971 Mordecai Richler St. Urbain's Horseman [37]
1972 Robertson Davies The Manticore [38]
1973 Rudy Wiebe The Temptations of Big Bear [39]
1974 Margaret Laurence The Diviners [40]
1975 Brian Moore The Great Victorian Collection [41]
1976 Marian Engel Bear [42]
1977 Timothy Findley The Wars [43]
1978 Alice Munro Who Do You Think You Are? [44]
1979 Jack Hodgins The Resurrection of Joseph Bourne [45]
Margaret Atwood Life Before Man [46]
Matt Cohen The Sweet Second Summer of Kitty Malone

1980s[edit]

Year Author Title Ref
1980 George Bowering Burning Water [47]
Susan Musgrave The Charcoal Burners [48]
Leon Rooke Fat Woman
1981 Mavis Gallant Home Truths: Selected Canadian Stories [49]
1982 Guy Vanderhaeghe Man Descending [50]
Alice Munro The Moons of Jupiter [51]
Chris Scott Antichthon
1983 Leon Rooke Shakespeare's Dog [52]
Philip Kreiner People Like Us in a Place Like This [53]
H. R. Percy Painted Ladies
Susan Swan The Biggest Modern Woman of the World
1984 Josef Skvorecky The Engineer of Human Souls [54]
Timothy Findley Not Wanted on the Voyage [55]
Susan Kerslake The Book of Fears
Audrey Thomas Intertidal Life
1985 Margaret Atwood The Handmaid's Tale [56]
Sharon Butala Queen of the Headaches [57]
Keath Fraser Foreign Affairs
David Adams Richards Road to the Stilt House
1986 Alice Munro The Progress of Love [58]
Lois Braun A Stone Watermelon [59]
John Metcalf Adult Entertainment
Aritha van Herk No Fixed Address
1987 M. T. Kelly A Dream Like Mine [60]
David Gurr The Ring Master [61]
Rohinton Mistry Tales from Firozsha Baag
Michael Ondaatje In the Skin of a Lion
Carol Shields Swann: A Mystery
1988 David Adams Richards Nights Below Station Street [62]
Margaret Atwood Cat's Eye [63]
Joan Clark The Victory of Geraldine Gull
Mark Frutkin Atmospheres Apollinaire
Kenneth Radu The Cost of Living
1989 Paul Quarrington Whale Music [64]
Ann Copeland The Golden Thread [65]
Helen Weinzweig A View from the Roof

1990s[edit]

Year Author Title Ref.
1990 Nino Ricci Lives of the Saints [66]
Sky Lee Disappearing Moon Café [67]
Alice Munro Friend of My Youth
Leslie Hall Pinder On Double Tracks
Diane Schoemperlen Man of My Dreams
1991 Rohinton Mistry Such a Long Journey [68]
Margaret Atwood Wilderness Tips [69]
Don Dickinson Blue Husbands
Douglas Glover A Guide to Animal Behaviour
Terry Griggs Quickening
1992 Michael Ondaatje The English Patient [70]
Sandra Birdsell The Chrome Suite [71]
Archie Crail The Bonus Deal
John Steffler The Afterlife of George Cartwright
Sheila Watson Deep Hollow Creek
1993 Carol Shields The Stone Diaries [72]
Caroline Adderson Bad Imaginings [73]
Thomas King Green Grass, Running Water
David Adams Richards For Those Who Hunt the Wounded Down
Carol Windley Visible Light
1994 Rudy Wiebe A Discovery of Strangers [74]
Margaret Atwood The Robber Bride [75]
Donna McFarlane Division of Surgery
Alice Munro Open Secrets
Russell Smith How Insensitive
1995 Greg Hollingshead The Roaring Girl [76]
Diana Atkinson Highways and Dancehalls [77]
Barbara Gowdy Mister Sandman
Julie Keith The Jaguar Temple
Richard B. Wright The Age of Longing
1996 Guy Vanderhaeghe The Englishman's Boy [78]
Margaret Atwood Alias Grace [79]
Elisabeth Harvor Let Me Be the One
Janice Kulyk Keefer The Green Library
Cordelia Strube Teaching Pigs to Sing
Audrey Thomas Coming Down from Wa
1997 Jane Urquhart The Underpainter [80]
Sandra Birdsell The Two-Headed Calf [81]
Matt Cohen Last Seen
Elizabeth Hay Small Change
Eric McCormack First Blast of the Trumpet Against the Monstrous Regiment of Women
1998 Diane Schoemperlen Forms of Devotion [82]
Lynn Coady Strange Heaven [83]
Barbara Gowdy The White Bone
Wayne Johnston The Colony of Unrequited Dreams
Kerri Sakamoto The Electrical Field
1999 Matt Cohen Elizabeth and After [84]
Neil Bissoondath The Worlds Within Her [85]
Anne Fleming Pool-hopping and Other Stories
Elyse Gasco Can You Wave Bye Bye, Baby?
Keith Maillard Gloria

2000s[edit]

Year Author Title Ref.
2000 Michael Ondaatje Anil's Ghost [86]
Margaret Atwood The Blind Assassin [87]
Austin Clarke The Question
David Adams Richards Mercy Among the Children
Eden Robinson Monkey Beach
2001 Richard B. Wright Clara Callan [88]
Yann Martel Life of Pi [89]
Tessa McWatt Dragons Cry
Jane Urquhart The Stone Carvers
Thomas Wharton Salamander
2002 Gloria Sawai A Song for Nettie Johnson [90]
David Bergen The Case of Lena S. [91]
Ann Ireland Exile
Wayne Johnston The Navigator of New York
Carol Shields Unless
2003 Douglas Glover Elle [92]
Margaret Atwood Oryx and Crake [93]
Elizabeth Hay Garbo Laughs
Jean McNeil Private View
Edeet Ravel Ten Thousand Lovers
2004 Miriam Toews A Complicated Kindness [94]
David Bezmozgis Natasha and Other Stories [95]
Trevor Cole Norman Bray, In the Performance of His Life
Colin McAdam Some Great Thing
Alice Munro Runaway
2005 David Gilmour A Perfect Night to Go to China [96]
Joseph Boyden Three Day Road [97]
Golda Fried Nellcott Is My Darling
Charlotte Gill Ladykiller
Kathy Page Alphabet
2006 Peter Behrens The Law of Dreams [98]
Trevor Cole The Fearsome Particles [99]
Bill Gaston Gargoyles
Paul Glennon The Dodecahedron, or A Frame for Frames
Rawi Hage De Niro's Game
2007 Michael Ondaatje Divisadero [100]
David Chariandy Soucouyant [101]
Barbara Gowdy Helpless
Heather O'Neill Lullabies for Little Criminals
M. G. Vassanji The Assassin's Song
2008 Nino Ricci The Origin of Species [102]
Rivka Galchen Atmospheric Disturbances [103]
Rawi Hage Cockroach
David Adams Richards The Lost Highway
Fred Stenson The Great Karoo
2009 Kate Pullinger The Mistress of Nothing [104]
Michael Crummey Galore [105]
Annabel Lyon The Golden Mean
Alice Munro Too Much Happiness
Deborah Willis Vanishing and Other Stories

2010s[edit]

Year Author Title Ref.
2010 Dianne Warren Cool Water [106]
Sandra Birdsell Waiting for Joe [107]
Emma Donoghue Room
Drew Hayden Taylor Motorcycles & Sweetgrass
Kathleen Winter Annabel
2011 Patrick deWitt The Sisters Brothers [108]
David Bezmozgis The Free World [109]
Esi Edugyan Half-Blood Blues
Marina Endicott The Little Shadow
Alexi Zentner Touch
2012 Linda Spalding The Purchase [110]
Tamas Dobozy Siege 13 [111]
Robert Hough Dr. Brinkley's Tower
Vincent Lam The Headmaster's Wager
Carrie Snyder The Juliet Stories
2013 Eleanor Catton The Luminaries [112]
Kenneth Bonert The Lion Seeker [113]
Joseph Boyden The Orenda
Colin McAdam A Beautiful Truth
Shyam Selvadurai The Hungry Ghosts
2014 Thomas King The Back of the Turtle [114]
Michael Crummey Sweetland [115]
Bill Gaston Juliet Was a Surprise
Claire Holden Rothman My October
Joan Thomas The Opening Sky
2015 Guy Vanderhaeghe Daddy Lenin and Other Stories [116]
Kate Cayley How You Were Born [117]
Rachel Cusk Outline
Helen Humphreys The Evening Chorus
Clifford Jackman The Winter Family
2016 Madeleine Thien Do Not Say We Have Nothing [118]
Gary Barwin Yiddish for Pirates [119]
Anosh Irani The Parcel
Kerry Lee Powell Willem de Kooning's Paintbrush
Katherena Vermette The Break
2017 Joel Thomas Hynes We'll All Be Burnt in Our Beds Some Night [120]
Michael Kaan The Water Beetles [121]
Alison MacLeod All the Beloved Ghosts
Jocelyn Parr Uncertain Weights and Measures
Kathleen Winter Lost in September
2018 Sarah Henstra The Red Word [122]
Paige Cooper Zolitude [123]
Rawi Hage Beirut Hellfire Society
Miriam Toews Women Talking
Joshua Whitehead Jonny Appleseed
2019 Joan Thomas Five Wives [124]
Michael Crummey The Innocents [125]
Cary Fagan The Student
Marianne Micros Eye
K. D. Miller Late Breaking

2020s[edit]

Year Author Title Ref
2020 Michelle Good Five Little Indians [126]
Francesca Ekwuyasi Butter Honey Pig Bread [127]
Thomas King Indians on Vacation
Lisa Robertson The Baudelaire Fractal
Leanne Betasamosake Simpson Noopiming: The Cure for White Ladies
2021 Norma Dunning Tainna [128]
Rachel Cusk Second Place [129]
G. A. Grisenthwaite Home Waltz
Joe Ollmann Fictional Father
Sheung-King You Are Eating an Orange. You Are Naked.
2022 Sheila Heti Pure Colour [130]
Shashi Bhat The Most Precious Substance on Earth [131]
Lisa Bird-Wilson Probably Ruby
Brian Thomas Isaac All the Quiet Places
Sheila Murray Finding Edward

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