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1995 Governor General's Awards

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The 1995 Governor General's Literary Awards were presented by Roméo LeBlanc
Roméo LeBlanc
Roméo-Adrien LeBlanc was a Canadian journalist, politician, and statesman who served as Governor General of Canada, the 25th since Canadian Confederation....

, Governor General of Canada
Governor General of Canada
The Governor General of Canada is the federal viceregal representative of the Canadian monarch, Queen Elizabeth II...

 on November 14 at the Winter Garden Theatre
Winter Garden Theatre
The Winter Garden Theatre is a Broadway theatre located at 1634 Broadway in midtown Manhattan.-History:The structure was built by William Kissam Vanderbilt in 1896 to be the American Horse Exchange....

 in Toronto
Toronto is the provincial capital of Ontario and the largest city in Canada. It is located in Southern Ontario on the northwestern shore of Lake Ontario. A relatively modern city, Toronto's history dates back to the late-18th century, when its land was first purchased by the British monarchy from...

. Each winner received a cheque for $10,000 and a copy of their books specially bound by master bookbinder Pierre Ouvard.


  • Greg Hollingshead
    Greg Hollingshead
    Gregory "Greg" Hollingshead is a Canadian novelist. He is currently a professor of English at the University of Alberta. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta...

    , The Roaring Girl

Other Finalists:
  • Diana Atkinson, Highways and Dancehalls
  • Barbara Gowdy
    Barbara Gowdy
    Barbara Gowdy, CM is a Canadian novelist and short story writer. Born in Windsor, Ontario, she is the long-time partner of poet Christopher Dewdney and resides in Toronto.-Literary career:...

    , Mister Sandman
  • Julie Keith, The Jaguar Temple
  • Richard B. Wright
    Richard B. Wright
    Richard B. Wright, CM, is a Canadian novelist.Born in Midland, Ontario, to Laverne and Laura . Wright graduated from Midland high school in 1956, and attended and graduated from Ryerson Polytechnic Institute in the area of Radio and TV arts in 1959...

    , The Age of Longing


  • Anne Szumigalski
    Anne Szumigalski
    Anne Szumigalski, SOM was a Canadian poet.- Life :She was born Anne Howard Davies in London, England, and grew up mostly in a Hampshire village. She served with the Red Cross as a medical auxiliary officer and interpreter during World War II, following British Army forces in 1944-5 across parts of...

    , Voice

Other Finalists:
  • Roo Borson
    Roo Borson
    Ruth Elizabeth Borson, who writes under the name Roo Borson is a Canadian poet who lives in Toronto. She is a graduate of the University of British Columbia....

    , Night Walk
  • Di Brandt
    Di Brandt
    Di Brandt is an award-winning Canadian poet and literary critic. Despite the similarity of their names, she should not be confused with poet Dionne Brand.-Biography:...

    , Jerusalem, Beloved
  • Don Domanski
    Don Domanski
    Don Rusu Domanski is a Canadian poet who lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia.Domanski was born and raised on Cape Breton Island. Published and reviewed internationally, his work has been translated into Czechoslovakian, Portuguese, and Spanish...

    , Stations of the Left Hand
  • Steven Heighton
    Steven Heighton
    Steven Heighton is a Canadian novelist, short story writer and poet. He is the author of ten books, including two short story collections, three novels, and five poetry collections...

    , The Ecstasy of Skeptics


  • Jason Sherman
    Jason Sherman
    Jason Sherman is a Canadian playwright and screenwriter.After graduating from the creative writing program at York University in 1985, Sherman co-founded What Publishing with Kevin Connolly, which produced what, a literary magazine that he edited from 1985 to 1990...

    , Three in the Back, Two in the Head

Other Finalists:
  • Brad Fraser
    Brad Fraser
    Brad Fraser is a Canadian playwright, screenwriter and cultural commentator. He is one of the most widely produced Canadian playwrights both in Canada and internationally. Fraser's plays typically feature a harsh yet comical view of contemporary life in Canada, including frank depictions of...

    , Poor Super Man: A Play with Captions
  • Deborah Kimmett, Miracle Mother
  • Joan MacLeod, The Hope Slide - Little Sister
  • Eugene Stickland, Some Assembly Required


  • Rosemary Sullivan
    Rosemary Sullivan
    Rosemary Sullivan is a Canadian poet, biographer, and anthologist.Sullivan was born in the small town of Valois on Lac St. Louis, which is located just outside of Montreal, Quebec. After graduating from St. Thomas high school, she attended McGill University on a scholarship, and earned her...

    , Shadow Maker: The Life of Gwendolyn MacEwen

Other Finalists:
  • Charles Foran
    Charles Foran
    Charles Foran is a Canadian novelist and non-fiction writer living in Peterborough, Ontario.-Biography:Foran was born in August 1960 in Toronto to a Franco-Ontarian mother and a father from an Ottawa Irish family. He attended Catholic elementary school and Brebeuf College School, a Jesuit high...

    , The Last House of Ulster: A Family in Belfast
  • Linda McQuaig
    Linda McQuaig
    Linda Joy McQuaig is a Canadian journalist, columnist and non-fiction author.-History:Long a business reporter at the Globe and Mail, she subsequently wrote a column for the National Post before moving to her current job at the Toronto Star...

    , Shooting the Hippo
  • Sid Marty, Leaning on the Wind

Children's Literature, Text

  • Tim Wynne-Jones
    Tim Wynne-Jones
    Tim Wynne-Jones is an English–Canadian author of children's literature, including picture books and novels for children and young adults, novels for adults, radio dramas, songs for the CBC/Jim Henson production Fraggle Rock, as well as a children's musical and an opera libretto.-Biography:Born...

    , The Maestro

Other Finalists:
  • Beth Goobie
    Beth Goobie
    -Life:She graduated from University of Iowa, and the Mennonite Brethren Bible College. She worked in Edmonton in the child welfare system.Her work appeared in Fiddlehead, Malahat Review and Quarry.She lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.-Awards:...

    , Mission Impossible
  • Hazel Hutchins
    Hazel Hutchins
    Hazel Hutchins is a Canadian children's author.Her book Tess was nominated for a Governor General's Award.She lives in Canmore, Alberta.-Bibliography:*Anastasia Morningstar and the Crystal Butterfly...

    , Tess
  • Welwyn Wilton Katz
    Welwyn Wilton Katz
    Welwyn Wilton Katz is a Canadian children's author who has lived in Kitchener and Toronto, Ontario. In 1994 she was awarded the Vicky Metcalf Award...

    , Out of the Dark
    Out of the Dark (1995 novel)
    Out of the Dark is a novel by Canadian author Welwyn Wilton Katz. It centres on a young boy who had recently lost his mother, and who has just moved with his remaining family to a small village near L'Anse aux Meadows in Newfoundland...

  • Diana Wieler, RanVan A Worthy Opponent

Children's Literature, Illustration

  • Ludmila Zeman, The Last Quest of Gilgamesh

Other Finalists:
  • Warabé Aska, Aska's Sea Creatures
  • Geoff Butler
    Geoff Butler
    Geoffrey "Geoff" Butler is a former professional footballer who played as a defender in The Football League between the 1960s and 1980s....

    , The Killick: A Newfoundland Story
  • Gary Clement, Just Stay Put
  • Frances Tyrrell, Woodland Christmas

Translation (from French to English)

  • David Homel, Why Must a Black Writer Write About Sex?

Other Finalists:
  • Paul Leduc Browne and Dream Michelle Weinroth, Trudeau and the End of a Canadian
  • Sheila Fischman
    Sheila Fischman
    Sheila Leah Fischman, CM is a Canadian translator who specializes in the translation of works of contemporary Quebec literature....

    , No Song, But Silence
  • Wayne Grady
    Wayne Grady (author)
    Wayne Grady is a Canadian writer, editor, and translator; currently working as the science editor of Equinox.Grady won the 1989 Governor General's Award for French to English translation for On the Eighth Day, the John Glassco Prize for Literary Translation for Christopher Cartier of Hazelnut and...

    , Black Squirrel
  • Susan Ouriou, The Road to Chlifa


  • Nicole Houde, Les Oiseaux de Saint-John Perse

Other Finalists:
  • Ying Chen, L'Ingratitude
  • Louis Hamelin, Betsi Larousse ou l'Ineffable
  • Louis Jolicoeur, Saisir l'absence
  • André Major, La Vie provisoire



Other Finalists:
  • Louise Desjardins, La 2e Avenue précédé de Petite sensation, La minutie de l'araignée, Le marché de l'amour
  • Jocelyne Felx, La Pierre et les Heures
  • Gérald Gaudet, La Fiction de l'âme
  • Andrée Lacelle, Tant de vie s'égare


  • Carole Fréchette, Les Quatre Morts de Marie

Other Finalists:
  • Jean Marc Dalpé, Lucky Lady
  • Suzanne Lebeau, Contes d'enfants réels
  • Michèle Magny, Marina, le dernier rose aux joues


  • Yvan Lamonde, Louis-Antoine Dessaulles. Un seigneur libéral et anticlérical

Other Finalists:
  • Hélène-Andrée Bizier, Le Noir et le Rouge
  • Jean Boivin, La Classe de Messiaen
  • Marcel Fournier, Marcel Mauss
  • Daniel Latouche, Plaidoyer pour le Québec

Children's Literature, Text

  • Sonia Sarfati, Comme une peau de chagrin

Other Finalists:
  • Jean-Pierre Davidts, Contes du chat gris
  • Christiane Duchesne, Berthold et Lucrèce
  • Annouchka Gravel Galouchko, Sho et les dragons d'eau
  • Jacques Savoie, Toute la beauté du monde

Children's Literature, Illustration

  • Annouchka Gravel Galouchko, Sho et les dragons d'eau

Other Finalists:
  • Marie-Louise Gay
    Marie-Louise Gay
    Marie-Louise Gay is a Canadian children’s author and illustrator.- Background :Born in Quebec City, as a child she lived in Montreal and Vancouver. Gay has received numerous awards for her written and illustrated works in both French and English, including the 2005 Vicky Metcalf Award, multiple...

    , Berthold et Lucrèce
  • Stéphane Jorisch, Le Baiser maléfique
  • Pierre Pratt, La Bottine magique de Pipo
  • Rémy Simard, Le père Noël a une crevaison

Translation (English to French)

  • Hervé Juste, Entre l'ordre et la liberté

Other Finalists:
  • Michèle Causse
    Michele Causse
    Michèle Causse , was a lesbian theorist, translator and author.-Early life:Causse was born in Martel region of Lot in France.She later taught in Tunisia, and then lived for ten years in Rome, where she studied Chinese....

    , Loyale à la chasse
  • Hervé Juste, Trudeau : l'illusion héroïque
  • Anne Malena, La Maraude
  • Marie José Thériault, À l'aube de lendemains précaires