The 2018 Governor General's Literary Award winners write about borders
A special series of new, original writing brought to you in partnership with the Canada Council
The seven English-language books that won the 2018 Governor General's Literary Awards take place in a range of times and landscapes — from Sodom and Gomorrah, Victorian England, 1980s West Africa, present-day Canada, 1990s America and beyond. One theme that they all explore is the idea of borders: permeable, shifting lines that, when crossed, mark a change.
CBC Books asked each writer to reflect further on borders and, in return, each has delivered an original work inspired by this theme. This is Borders, a special series presented in partnership with the Canada Council for the Arts. Read on for links to each of the winners' pieces.
Sarah Henstra re-imagines the myth of the Greek hero Perseus, telling his story from the perspective of two significant women in his life: Andromeda, his wife, and Medusa, the Gorgon he beheaded to great fame.
In this personal essay, Darrel J. McLeod reflects on the many ways he has stretched himself between two cultures — first as an Indigenous boy at a primarily white school and later as an executive with the federal government.
In this comic strip by Jillian Tamaki, two lovers lay in bed. While one is fast asleep, the other lovingly examines their partner's every groove and feature.
In this children's story by Jonathan Auxier, a young girl discovers an unusually sharp pencil with remarkable powers.
In this essay, Cecily Nicholson discusses her experiences visiting the Fraser Valley Institute for Women, a prison in B.C.
In this essay, Phyllis Aronoff and Howard Scott share how translated literature transcends borders and brings diverse cultures together.