OTTAWA, Nov. 15, 2011 /CNW/ - Canadian literature is an essential part
of our country's cultural identity. Our writers craft the works that
inspire us, and create memorable experiences for readers in Canada and
around the world. Today, the Canada Council for the Arts honoured 14 of
these gifted artists, in announcing the winners of the Governor
General's Literary Awards for 2011.
For 75 years, the Governor General's Literary Awards have honoured the
best of our literature, in both official languages. These prestigious
awards are presented annually in seven categories: fiction,
non-fiction, poetry, drama, children's literature (text), children's
literature (illustration), and translation.
Our Government is proud to invest in Canadian writers, and on this 75th anniversary of the Governor General's Literary Awards, we welcome the
opportunity to celebrate both our national book awards and our
country's literary excellence.
On behalf of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Government of Canada,
I would like to congratulate all of this year's winners and finalists.
I also encourage Canadians throughout the country to join in
celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Governor General's Literary Awards—and 75 years of
great Canadian books.
For the full list of winners, visit the website of the Canada Council for the Arts.
SOURCE Canadian Heritage
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