OTTAWA, Nov. 30, 2015 /CNW/ - His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, accompanied by Her Excellency Sharon Johnston, will present the 2015 Governor General's Literary Awards during a ceremony at Rideau Hall, on Wednesday, December 2, 2015, at
His Excellency will honour 17 laureates at the 79th edition of the Awards, in the English and French categories of fiction, poetry, drama, non-fiction, children's literature (text and illustration) and translation. For more information on the winners, visit the Canada Council for the Arts' website at www.ggbooks.ca.
About the Governor General's Literary Awards
The Governor General's Literary Awards, administered by the Canada Council for the Arts, are Canada's oldest and most prestigious awards for English- and French-language Canadian literature. They were established by former Governor General Lord Tweedsmuir (also known as John Buchan, author of The Thirty-Nine Steps.) The first awards honoured books published in 1936, and have since evolved into Canada's pre-eminent national literary prizes. In addition to the monetary award, each laureate receives a bound copy of their winning book.
Members of the media wishing to cover the ceremony are asked to confirm their attendance in advance with the Rideau Hall Press Office, and should arrive at the residence's main entrance no later than 5:45 p.m. on the day of the ceremony.
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