Foran and DeWitt Take Top Honours

The Governor General’s Literary Awards, celebrating the best in Canadian literature, were handed out yesterday.

Author Charles Foran took the non-fiction award for his biography of author Mordecai Richler. The book, “Mordecai: The Life & Times,” was also the recipient of the inaugural Hilary Weston Prize for non-fiction as well as the Charles Taylor Prize for literary non-fiction.

On the fiction side, B.C. author Patrick DeWitt took the top prize for his western “The Sisters Brothers,” a book that had also been nominated for multiple literary awards including the Giller Prize, which was given out last week to Esi Edugyan for her novel “Half-Blood Blues” and the U.K.’s most prestigious award the Man Booker Prize, which was awarded to British author Julian Barnes for “The Sense of an Ending.”

Other awards given out (for both French and English books) included prizes for Poetry, Drama, Children’s lit and translation.

Every winner receives $25,000, while all authors on the short-list get $1,000.