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Governor General's Literary Awards

Tonight, the 75th Governor General's Literary Awards will take place at 6 p.m. in Ottawa at Rideau Hall. The Governor General's Literary Awards are the oldest awards in Canada for both English- and French-language literature. The prestigious awards are administered by the Canada Council for the Arts. A winner in both languages is selected from the categories of fiction, poetry, drama, non-fiction, children's literature (text and illustration) and translation.

Both Open Book: Ontario and Open Book: Toronto have been following the 2011 Governor General's Awards, so here is a round-up of all the news items and features about the Awards and the winners from both sites.

Here is a list of all the winners, each of whom will receive $25,000 and a specially-bound copy of the winning book. Congratulations to all!

It was reported in the Quill & Quire that author Michael Ondaatje asked that his latest novel The Cat's Table be omitted from consideration for this year's awards. Find out why here.

As part of the IFOA Interview Series, Open Book spoke with Patrick deWitt, winner of the Governor General's English-language Fiction Award for his novel The Sisters Brothers. Read the full interview here.

Just one day after the launch of their fall line-up, Playwrights Canada Press heard the great news that one such title, If We Were Birds by Erin Shields, was the winner in the English-language drama category. Read the full article here. We are delighted to announce that Erin will be Open Book's writer in residence in October 2012!

Winner of the non-fiction, English-language award for his biography Mordecai: The Life & Times, Charles Foran was also the winner of the inaugural Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for NonfictionOpen Book: Toronto had the opportunity to chat with Foran about his latest work. Check out the full interview here.

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