Awards: Governor General's Literary & IndieReader Discovery Winners, Desmond Elliott Shortlist

The Canada Council for the Arts revealed the 2020 winners of the Governor General's Literary Awards, which had been delayed because of the Covid-19 pandemic. The regular GGBooks schedule will resume with the 2021 finalists and winners being announced this fall. Check out the complete list of English- and French-language winners here


The winners of the IndieReader Discovery Awards, sponsored by IndieReader, have been announced virtually. Winners in the many categories can be seen here, and winners' acceptance speeches can be seen here. The winners of the fiction and nonfiction categories are:

First place: L'Origine by Lilianne Milgrom
Second place: The Hiding Girl by Dorian Box
Third place: Roseneath by Dana McSwain

First place: Outside Looking In by Vivian M. Lumbard
Second place: CO Specs: Recipes & Histories of Classic Cocktails by Cas Oh
Third place: When Force Meets Fate by Jamison Hill


A shortlist has been announced for the £10,000 (about $14,195) Desmond Elliott Prize, which honors a debut novel written in English and published in the U.K. and Ireland. This year's shortlisted titles are:

The Manningtree Witches by A.K. Blakemore
little scratch by Rebecca Watson
The Liar's Dictionary by Eley Williams

In addition, I.R. Franklin, Charlotte Geater and James Wilke were shortlisted for the University of East Anglia's £4,000 (about $5,680) New Forms Award, for an innovative and daring new voice in fiction; and Farah Baksh, Harminder Kaur and Annie Walmsley were shortlisted for the £4,000 Laura Kinsella Fellowship, recognizing an exceptional writer who has experienced limiting circumstances. All three winners will be revealed July 1.

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