Jane van Koeverden | CBC News | October 30, 2018
Sarah Henstra has won the 2018 Governor General’s Literary Award for fiction for her novel The Red Word, a murky and twisted story about sexual assault on a college campus that the jury called “an utterly effing good read.”
The Governor General’s Literary Awards, one of Canada’s oldest and most prestigious prizes, annually acknowledge seven English-language and seven French-language books across several categories. Each winner receives $25,000.
In addition to The Red Word, the English-language winners of the 2018 Governor General’s Literary Awards are:
- Nonfiction: Mamaskatch by Darrel J. McLeod
- Poetry: Wayside Sang by Cecily Nicholson
- Young people’s literature — text: Sweep by Jonathan Auxier
- Young people’s literature — illustrated books: They Say Blue by Jillian Tamaki
- Translation: Descent into Night translated by Phyllis Aronoff & Howard Scott from the original French by Edem Awumey
- Drama: Botticelli in the Fire & Sunday in Sodom by Jordan Tannahill
On Nov. 29, 2018, the winners will gather in Ottawa to perform readings and sign their books for the public.