1996 Governor General's Award Winners Announced!The Governor General's Literary Awards were announced last Tuesday with two children's authors and one children's illustrator among the honoured recipients of the prestigious $10,000 prize.
Paul Yee was the winner in the Children's Literature - Text category for Ghost Train while Eric Beddows received the Children's Literature - Illustration award for The Rooster's Gift. For French-language Children's Literature only a Text category was awarded this year and that winner was Gilles Tibo for Noémie - Le Secret de Madame Lumbago.
Winners were chosen by independent peer juries appointed by the Canada Council from among a selection of titles published in the last year. The English-language jury for Children's Literature - Text included William Bell, Peter Eyvindson and Tololwa Mollel while the Illustration jury consisted of Geoff Butler, Jan Sovak and C.J. Taylor.
The other nominees for English-language children's text included:
- Jan Andrews for Keri
- David Boyd for The Bottom Drawer
- Gillian Chan for Glory Days and Other Stories
- Don Gilmour for The Fabulous Song
The other nominees for illustration were:
- Alan and Lea Daniel for Sody Salleratus
- Wang Kui for The Wise Washerman
- Johnny Wales for Gruntle Piggle Takes Off
- Werner Zimmermann for Whatever You Do, Don't Go Near That Canoe!
In the adult categories, other English-language winners included Guy Vanderhaeghe for fiction, John Ralston Saul for non-fiction; E.D. Blodgett for poetry and Colleen Wagner for drama. French-language winners were Marie-Claire Blais for fiction, Serge Patrice Thibodeau for poetry, Normand Charette for drama and Michel Freitag for non-fiction. Translation winners were Linda Gaboriau and Christiane Teasdale.
The awards were presented at a ceremony in Ottawa on Tuesday, November 12, by the Governor General, His Excellency the Right Honourable Romeo Le Blanc.
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