The Governor General’s Literary Awards are given annually to the best English- and French-language books in the categories of Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, Drama, Children’s Literature and Translation.
This event features the authors shortlisted for the 2015 Governor General’s Literary Award for English-language Fiction in conversation with the CBC’s Carol Off.
This event is organized in collaboration with the Canada Council for the Arts to celebrate the 2015 Governor General’s Literary Awards.
Kate Cayley is a poet, novelist and playwright. She is the author of the play After Akhmatova, which was produced by Tarragon Theatre where she is a playwright-in-residence. She is also the author of a young adult novel, The Hangman in the Mirror, and the poetry collection When This World Comes to an End. Cayley presents her first short story collection, How You Were Born, which won the 2015 Trillium Book Award, was longlisted for the Frank O'Connor Short Fiction Prize and a finalist for the 2015 Governor General's Award for Fiction. Cayley's stories all ask the same question: what if ordinary life is much stranger than we allow ourselves to think?
Helen Humphreys’most recent novel, The Evening Chorus, was nominated for a Governor General's Award and was a national bestseller. Her critically acclaimed memoir, Nocturne, was a finalist for the Trillium Book Award. Previous novels include Coventry, a New York Times Editors' Choice, a Globe and Mail Best Book of the Year, and a finalist for the Trillium Book Award; Afterimage, which won the Rogers Writers' Trust Prize for fiction; Leaving Earth, which won the Toronto Book Award; and The Lost Garden, which was a Canada Reads selection. The recipient of the Harbourfront Festival Prize for literary excellence, Humphreys lives in Kingston, Ontario. She presents The Ghost Orchard.
Clifford Jackman was born in Deep River and raised in Ottawa. He received a BA from York University, an MA from Queen's University and an LLB from Osgoode Hall Law School. He practises law in Richmond Hill, Ontario, and counts Stephen King and Cormac McCarthy among his strongest literary influences. Jackman presents The Winter Family, which is a 2015 Governor General's Literary Award nominee.
Carol Off is the host of CBC radio's As It Happens. With extensive experience in both Canadian and international current affairs, Off has covered conflicts in the Middle East, Haiti, the Balkans and the sub-continent, as well as events in the former Soviet Union, Europe, Asia, the United States and Canada. She reported the fallout from the 9/11 disasters with news features and documentaries from New York, Washington, London, Cairo and Afghanistan. She has won numerous awards for her CBC television documentaries in Asia, Africa and Europe and is the author of three previous books, most recently, Bitter Chocolate: Investigating the Dark Side of the World's Most Seductive Sweet, a finalist for the National Business Book Award and nominated for the prestigious Shaughnessy Cohen Award for Political Writing. She lives in Toronto.
Guy Vanderhaeghe is the author of five novels, four collections of short stories, two plays, and one teleplay. He is a three-time winner of the Governor’s-General Award for English language fiction for his collection of short stories, Man Descending, his novel The Englishman’s Boy, and his most recent story collection, Daddy Lenin. His novel The Last Crossing was a winner of the CBC’s Canada Reads Competition. He has also received the Timothy Findley Prize and the Harbourfront Literary Prize, both for a body of work.