It was announced today that Madeleine Thien won the 2016 Governor-General’s Award for English Fiction for her novel Do Not Say We Have Nothing. The Globe and Mail quotes Thien saying that this literary award is the one that means the most to her: “The G-G is the prize that’s closest to my heart. Because of its age. Because of the way it’s shaped our thinking about Canadian literature – about what we read, how we read, how we imagine ourselves. So to be included on that short list was a huge deal for me. It’s the short list that made me cry instantly ” (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/books-and-media/madeline-thien-wins-governor-generals-award-for-english-fiction/article32493781/).
Thien is also a finalist for the Man Booker Prize (winner to be announced later today) and appears on the shortlist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize (winner to be announced November 7).
I read the novel earlier this month: http://schatjesshelves.blogspot.ca/2016/10/review-of-do-not-say-we-have-nothing-by.html.
For summaries of the fiction finalists, see http://schatjesshelves.blogspot.ca/2016/10/2016-governor-generals-literary-award.html.
Thien’s novel is one of 14 books, in English and French, to receive a prize; the winners, who each receive $25,000, will be celebrated at Rideau Hall on Nov. 30. For a complete list of all winners, go to http://ggbooks.ca/winners-english. This year marks the 80th anniversary of the Governor General's Literary Awards.