Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

November 16, 2010 12:00 ET

Statement by the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, on the Occasion of the Governor General's Literary Awards

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 16, 2010) - Authors throughout the country take up their pens to give birth to words, stories, and ideas that they proudly share with their readers. In both English and French, their works reveal a universe that enriches our culture and shapes our society. They also allow us to explore a vast array of subjects and thoughts that are an integral part of our rich cultural heritage.

The Governor General's Literary Awards, presented annually, highlight this country's literary excellence, in English and in French, in seven categories: fiction, non-fiction, poetry, drama, children's literature (text), children's literature (illustration), and translation. Together, the Canada Council for the Arts and the Governor General of Canada are uniting their efforts to pay tribute to the best that Canada has to offer in literature.

Our Government is committed to the promotion of linguistic duality all across the country. By providing a showcase for Canada's French- and English-speaking authors, we are contributing to the growth of our artists and the cultural development of our country while increasing opportunities for people of all ages to appreciate our home-grown literary talent.

On behalf of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Government of Canada, I would like to congratulate all of this year's winners and finalists. I would also like to commend the efforts of everyone who encourages reading and gives our writers the chance to become better known and reach an even wider audience.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Codie Taylor - Press Secretary