The GG Project

In July 2010 I set out to read all the past winners of the Governor General's Literary Award for English-language fiction. At the time there had been 71 winners, now there are 73.

Why did I do this? No good reason. I like Canadian literature, and this was a good way to have a long list of new authors to read. Basically. Also I enjoy torturing myself.

This endeavor got me an invite to be on CBC radio's The Next Chapter: LISTEN HERE

It also got me an invite to the 75th anniversary party for the awards at Rideau Hall in Ottawa. But I couldn't go.

Friends have referred to The GG Project as "the Canadian Book Club of One".

I completed the project in May 2013, reading all but one:

Finished:
1936: Bertram Brooker, Think of the Earth 
1938: Gwethalyn Graham, Swiss Sonata
1939: Franklin D. McDowell, The Champlain Road
1940: Ringuet, Thirty Acres
1941: Alan Sullivan, Three Came to Ville Marie
1942: G. Herbert Sallans, Little Man
1943: Thomas H. Raddall, The Pied Piper of Dipper Creek
1944: Gwethalyn Graham, Earth and High Heaven
1945: Hugh MacLennan, Two Solitudes
1946: Winifred Bambrick, Continental Revue
1947: Gabrielle Roy, The Tin Flute
1948: Hugh MacLennan, The Precipice
1949: Philip Child, Mr. Ames Against Time
1950: Germaine Guèvremont, The Outlander
1951: Morley Callaghan, The Loved and the Lost
1952: David Walker, The Pillar
1953: David Walker, Digby
1954: Igor Gouzenko, The Fall of a Titan
1955: Lionel Shapiro, The Sixth of June
1956: Adele Wiseman, The Sacrifice
1957: Gabrielle Roy, Street of Riches 
1958: Colin McDougall, Execution
1959: Hugh MacLennan, The Watch That Ends the Night
1960: Brian Moore, The Luck of Ginger Coffey
1961: Malcolm Lowry, Hear Us O Lord from Heaven Thy Dwelling Place
1962: Kildare Dobbs, Running to Paradise
1963: Hugh Garner, Hugh Garner's Best Stories
1964: Douglas LePan, The Deserter 
1966: Margaret Laurence, A Jest of God
1968: Alice Munro, Dance of the Happy Shades
1969: Robert Kroetsch, The Studhorse Man
1970: Dave Godfrey, The New Ancestors
1971: Mordecai Richler, St. Urbain's Horseman
1972: Robertson Davies, The Manticore
1973: Rudy Wiebe, The Temptations of Big Bear
1974: Margaret Laurence, The Diviners
1975: Brian Moore, The Great Victorian Collection
1976: Marian Engel, Bear
1977: Timothy Findley, The Wars
1978: Alice Munro, Who Do You Think You Are?
1979: Jack Hodgins, The Resurrection of Joseph Bourne
1980: George Bowering, Burning Water
1981: Mavis Gallant, Home Truths: Selected Canadian Stories
1982: Guy Vanderhaeghe, Man Descending 
1983: Leon Rooke, Shakespeare's Dog
1984: Josef Skvorecky, The Engineer of Human Souls
1987: M.T. Kelly, A Dream Like Mine
1988: David Adams Richards, Nights Below Station Street
1989: Paul Quarrington, Whale Music
1990: Nino Ricci, Lives of the Saints
1991: Rohinton Mistry, Such a Long Journey
1992: Michael Ondaatje, The English Patient
1993: Carol Shields, The Stone Diaries
1985: Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale
1986: Alice Munro, The Progress of Love
1994: Rudy Wiebe, A Discovery of Strangers  
1995: Greg Hollingshead, The Roaring Girl 
1996: Guy Vanderhaeghe, The Englishman's Boy
1997: Jane Urquhart, The Underpainter
1998: Diane Schoemperlen, Forms of Devotion
1999: Matt Cohen, Elizabeth and After
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: Patrick DeWitt, The Sisters Brothers
2012: Linda Spalding, The Purchase

Still to be read:

1937: Laura Salverson, The Dark Weaver






1 comment:

  1. Dude, this is an AMAZING project, and colour me hugely impressed by your 'completed' list ...

    Also, "Canadian Book Club of One" made me laugh. Out loud.

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