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2018 Governor General's Awards

The shortlisted nominees for the 2018 Governor General's Awards for Literary Merit were announced on October 3, 2018,[1] and the winners were announced on October 30.[2]


Category Winner Nominated
Fiction Blue ribbon Sarah Henstra, The Red Word[2]
Non-fiction Blue ribbon Darrel J. McLeod, Mamaskatch: A Cree Coming of Age[2]
Poetry Blue ribbon Cecily Nicholson, Wayside Sang[2]
Drama Blue ribbon Jordan Tannahill, Botticelli in the Fire & Sunday in Sodom[2]
Children's literature Blue ribbon Jonathan Auxier, Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster[2]
Children's illustration Blue ribbon Jillian Tamaki, They Say Blue[2]
French to English translation Blue ribbon Phyllis Aronoff and Howard Scott, Descent Into Night (Edem Awumey, Explication de la nuit)[2]
  • Vivian Felsen, Jacob Isaac Segal: A Montreal Yiddish Poet and His Milieu (Pierre Anctil, Jacob-Isaac Segal (1896-1954) : un poète yiddish de Montréal et son milieu)
  • Aleshia Jensen, Explosions: Michael Bay and the Pyrotechnics of the Imagination (Mathieu Poulin, Des explosions)
  • Peter McCambridge, Songs for the Cold of Heart (Éric Dupont, La fiancée américaine)
  • Rhonda Mullins, Little Beast (Julie Demers, Barbe)


Category Winner Nominated
Fiction Blue ribbon Karoline Georges, De synthèse[3]
Non-fiction Blue ribbon Frédérick Lavoie, Avant l’après : voyages à Cuba avec George Orwell[3]
  • Pierre Anctil, Histoire des juifs du Québec
  • Denys Delâge and Jean-Philippe Warren, Le piège de la liberté : les peuples autochtones dans l’engrenage des régimes coloniaux
  • Gabrielle Giasson-Dulude, Les chants du mime : en compagnie d’Étienne Decroux
  • Anne-Marie Saint-Cerny, Mégantic
Poetry Blue ribbon Michaël Trahan, La raison des fleurs[3]
Drama Blue ribbon Anne-Marie Olivier, Venir au monde[3]
Children's literature Blue ribbon Mario Brassard, Ferdinand F., 81 ans, chenille[3]
  • Jonathan Bécotte, Maman veut partir
  • Jocelyn Boisvert, Un dernier songe avant le grand sommeil
  • Camille Bouchard, 13000 ans et des poussières
  • Brigitte Vaillancourt, Les marées
Children's illustration Blue ribbon Marianne Dubuc, Le chemin de la montagne[3]
  • Marianne Ferrer and India Desjardins, Une histoire de cancer qui finit bien
  • Gabriella Gendreau and Nahid Kazemi, Les mots d'Eunice
  • Jacques Goldstyn, Jules et Jim : frères d’armes
  • Nicole Testa and Annie Boulanger, Lili Macaroni : je suis comme je suis!
English to French translation Blue ribbon Lori Saint-Martin and Paul Gagné, Le monde selon Barney (Mordecai Richler, Barney's Version)[3]
  • Éric Fontaine, Sweetland (Michael Crummey, Sweetland)
  • Daniel Grenier and William S. Messier, De l’utilité de l’ennui : textes de balle (Andrew Forbes, The Utility of Boredom: Baseball Essays)
  • Laurence Gough, Naissances (Kate Cayley, How You Were Born)
  • Catherine Leroux, Le saint patron des merveilles (Mark Frutkin, Fabrizio's Return)


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