Other Side of the Game and Birds of a Kind win Governor General’s Literary Awards
We are so excited to share that we have two winners of the Governor General's Literary Award this year! Congratulations to Amanda Parris for Other Side of the Game winning the award for Drama, and Linda Gaboriau for her translation of Wajdi Mouawad’s Birds of a Kind winning the award for Translation!
The Governor General's Literary Awards are administered by the Canada Council for the Arts, honouring excellence in Canadian literature. The winners receive $25,000 and will be presented their awards in Ottawa by Governor General Julie Payette on December 12.
The jury of the Drama award on Other Side of the Game:
“Other Side of the Game courageously examines the struggles of young Black women and their loved ones as they navigate an unjust system. Parris crafts a portrait of the early years of Black activism, and parallels it with the present day. Enraging and engaging, this gripping and passionate play challenges dominant narratives to reveal the painful truths of life for marginalized Canadians in our society.”
The jury of the Translation award on Birds of a Kind:
“This translation artfully captures the constantly shifting identities and tones that form the core of this controversial play. With pitch perfect, evocative precision, Gaboriau once again shows her faultless grasp of the emotional and intellectual complexities and nuances of translating for the stage and, in particular, Mouawad’s brilliant, challenging work.”