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The shortlisted nominees for the 2013 Governor General's Awards for Literary Merit were announced on October 2,[1] and the winners were announced on November 13.[2] Each winner will be awarded $25,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts.[1]


Category Winner Nominated
Fiction   Eleanor Catton, The Luminaries
Non-fiction   Sandra Djwa, A Journey with No Maps: A Life of P. K. Page
  • Carolyn Abraham, The Juggler's Children: A Journey into Family, Legend and the Genes that Bind Us
  • Nina Munk, The Idealist: Jeffrey Sachs and the Quest to End Poverty
  • Allen Smutylo, The Memory of Water
  • Priscila Uppal, Projection: Encounters with My Runaway Mother
Poetry   Katherena Vermette, North End Love Songs
Drama   Nicolas Billon, Fault Lines: Three Plays
Children's literature   Teresa Toten, The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B
Children's illustration   Matt James, Northwest Passage
French to English translation   Donald Winkler, The Major Verbs (Pierre Nepveu, Les verbes majeurs)


Category Winner Nominated
Fiction   Stéphanie Pelletier, Quand les guêpes se taisent
Non-fiction   Yvon Rivard, Aimer, enseigner
Poetry   René Lapierre, Pour les désespérés seulement
Drama   Fanny Britt, Bienveillance
Children's literature   Geneviève Mativat, À l'ombre de la grande maison
Children's illustration   Isabelle Arsenault, Jane, le renard et moi
English to French translation   Sophie Voillot, L'enfant du jeudi (Alison Pick, Far to Go)


  1. ^ a b "Governor General Literary Award finalists announced". Vancouver Sun, October 2, 2013.
  2. ^ "Eleanor Catton wins Governor General’s Literary Award for The Luminaries". Toronto Star, November 13, 2013.

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