Governor General’s Literary Awards Winners 2016
Publish 20 March 2017
Congratulations to all winners!
Do Not Say We Have Nothing, Madeleine Thien (Alfred A. Knopf Canada / Penguin Random House Canada)
Madeleine Thien’s Do Not Say We Have Nothing is an elegant, nuanced and perfectly realized novel that, fugue-like, presents the lives of individuals, collectives, and generations caught in the complexities of history. Tracing the intertwined lives of two families, moving from Revolutionary China to Canada, this ambitious work explores the persistence of past and the power of art, raising meaningful questions for our times.