Posted: September 15, 2016
Research the Giller and Governor General Award winners of the past decade or so; provide a brief overview of the storyline and make observations on themes, characters, settings, conflicts, etc. that might help develop a sense of what Canadian Literary Texts is. Students should choose 3 different authors from the 2 lists below; attempt to spread out the names so there is no duplicate; it may not be possible but try as best you might. Students can find these two lists on my website for their ease. They may discuss in class amongst themselves who is choosing which novel & author. If they book they are currently reading is in the list, they should avoid researching so as not to spoil the endings.
Governor General’s Award Winners
·· 2000: Michael Ondaatje, Anil's Ghost · 2001: Richard B. Wright, Clara Callan · 2002: Gloria Sawai, A Song for Nettie Johnson · 2003: Douglas Glover, Elle · 2004: Miriam Toews, A Complicated Kindness · 2005: David Gilmour, A Perfect Night to Go to China · 2006: Peter Behrens, The Law of Dreams · 2007: Michael Ondaatje, Divisadero · 2008: Nino Ricci, The Origin of Species · 2009: Kate Pullinger, The Mistress of Nothing · 2010: Dianne Warren, Cool Water · 2011: deWitt, Patrick, The Sisters Brothers · 2012: Linda Spalding, The Purchase · 2014 Eleanor Catton, The Luminaries· 2014: Thomas King, The Back of the Turtle · 2015: Guy Vanderhaege, Daddy Lenin and Other Short Stories
Giller Prize Winners
·2000: David Adams Richards, Mercy Among the Children · 2001: Richard B. Wright, Clara Callan · 2002: Austin Clarke, The Polished Hoe · 2003: M.G. Vassanji, The In-Between World of Vikram Vall · 2004: Alice Munro, Runaway · 2005: David Bergen, The Time In-Between · 2006: Vincent Lam, Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures · 2007: Elizabeth Hay, Late Nights on Air · 2008: Joseph Boyden, Through Black Spruce · 2009: Linden McIntyre, The Bishop’s Man · 2010: Johanna Skibsrud, The Sentimentalists · 2011: Esi Edugyan, Half-Blood Blues · 2012: Will Ferguson, 419 · 2013: Lynn Coady, Hellgoing · 2014: Sean Michaels, Us Conductors · 2015: Andre Alexis, Fifteen Dogs