Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

December 10, 2007 10:19 ET

Media Advisory: Rideau Hall Recognizes Literature With the Presentation of the Governor General's Literary Awards and Art Matters Devoted to Where Writers and Books Fit in

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 10, 2007) - Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean, Governor General of Canada, will present the 2007 Governor General's Literary Awards at Rideau Hall on Thursday, December 13, 2007, at 6 p.m.

The Canada Council for the Arts presents this year's 71st edition of the Governor General's Literary Awards, Canada's oldest and most prestigious awards for English- and French-language Canadian literature. This national organization funds, administers and promotes the awards. The names of this year's laureates in the English and French categories of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, drama, children's literature (text and illustration) and translation are available on the Canada Council for the Arts Web site at

On the occasion of the presentation of the Literary Awards, Rideau Hall will host an Art Matters forum on literature, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Close to 30 distinguished guests-literary award laureates, writers, librarians, academics and managers-will gather and debate the theme, "Where do writers and books fit in?" For the complete list of questions to be discussed, visit

Created by His Excellency Jean-Daniel Lafond, Art Matters encourages dialogue and provides a space for reflection on the creative process and how it is received by society. More than 20 forums have already been held
in Canada and abroad over the past two years.

Members of the public are also invited to share in the debate on They will have the opportunity to comment on a theme-related blog and to participate in a forum on the theme of Manifestos, literary reviews, "slams," dub... what are today's forms of literary engagement?

Media interested in covering the Art Matters forum and the Literary Awards ceremony are asked to contact the Rideau Hall Press Office.

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