CM November 17, 1995. Vol. II, Number 5


Canada Council Announces Finalists
for 1995 Governor General's Literary Awards

Ottawa, November 14, 1995

At a ceremony today at the Winter Garden Theatre in Toronto, the Canada Council awarded $140,000 to the winners of the 1995 Governor General's Literary Awards.

His Excellency the Right Honorable Roméo LeBlanc, Governor General of Canada, presented the laureates with copies of their books specially bound by master bookbinder Pierre Ouvard.

Each winner received a cheque for $10,000. CM is listing the names of the winners in the Children's categories, along with the jury's citation for each work.

Children's Literature -- Text

?English-language winner:

Tim Wynne-Jones, Perth, Ontario. The Maestro. (Groundwood Books)

Tim Wynne-Jones creates a cast of characters that are dark, offbeat, or comic, but always believable. Through encounters with those characters -- his brutal father, the Maestro, a tough woman bush pilot -- Burl's search is made as compelling for the reader as it is for the young boy himself.

?French-language winner:

Sonia Sarfati, Montreal, Quebec. Comme une peau de chagrin. (Éditions de la courte échelle)

From the opening sentence, Comme une peau de chagrin captivates readers with both its style and its content. Written in a lively style that is humorous and poetic, the novel takes an extremely intelligent approach to the subject of anorexia. Also, and just as important, it examine adolescent friendship. Thanks to her style, theme, and thoughtful treatment, Sarfatti has given us a work that will leave a deep and lasting impression.

Children's Literature -- Illustration

?English-language winner:

Ludmilla Zeman, St-Laurent, Quebec. The Last Quest of Gilgamesh. (Tundra Books)

image A visual epic, Ludmilla Zeman's illustrations magnificently capture the rich and complex Gilgamesh tale. Her innovative technique creates a very dramatic atmosphere. Selective in her use of colour, Zeman has charged the illustrations with burning light and mysterious blue oceans that effectively describe this grand and mythical landscape. (This title is reviewed in Volume II Number 12 of CM.)

?French-language winner:

Annouchka Gravel Galouchko, St-Jérome, Quebec. Sho et les dragons d'eau. (Annick Press)

This superb work conjures a contemplative state, allowing the reader to travel on the rhythms of the colours. The immense richness of the illustrations is such that each image can stand as a work on its own, filled with magic and splendour.

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ISSN 1201-9364

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