Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

November 23, 2010 19:00 ET

Statement by the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, on the Occasion of the Quebec Writers' Federation Literary Awards

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 23, 2010) - Canadian books reach out to audiences everywhere. Our talented authors bring their stories to life and transport their readers into another place. They inspire, educate, inform, and allow us to discover new worlds. Books by members of official-language minority communities help members of these communities feel that their culture is a living and dynamic reflection of their identity.

The Quebec Writers' Federation presents its Literary Awards to recognize the achievements of Quebec's English-language authors. In November of each year, the Federation awards six prizes to honour excellence in the categories of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, first book, translation, and children's and young adult literature.

Our Government understands the contribution of arts and culture to our communities, our identity, and our economy. As part of its commitment to ensuring that Canadians have access to a broad array of Canadian-authored books, our Government is proud to offer programs that foster the vitality of the Canadian publishing industry. These include our Canada Book Fund, which aims to increase access to works by Canadian authors.

On behalf of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Government of Canada, I would like to congratulate this year's award winners, as well as all the authors selected as finalists. I would also like to commend the Quebec Writers' Federation on its efforts to recognize outstanding authors living in the province.

Contact Information

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