Jillian Tamaki Wins Governor General Award

This One Summer, Jillian Tamaki, First Second, 2014

On Tuesday, the winners of the Governor General’s Literary Award (or GGs) were announced. The GGs are one of Canada’s this one summermost prestigious literary awards, with winners taking home $25,000 in seven categories.

Last week I spoke to Mariko Tamaki about her Governor General’s Award nomination for This One Summer. Her cousin Jillian Tamaki was also nominated for Children’s Literature – Illustration.

This One Summer has already received starred reviews from Kirkus, School Library Journal, and Booklist. It is also one of Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of the Year. And now it can add Governor General Award winner to that list, since this past Tuesday Jillian Tamaki won in her category.

The Tamaki’s previous collaboration, Skim, was the first graphic novel to ever be nominated for a GG, and now This One Summer, is the first graphic novel to win, making Governor General Award history.

If you haven’t had a chance to pick up This One Summer yet, it is a touching and heartfelt slice of life story about two young girls, Rose and Windy. The WWAC Comic Club discussed it back in July and it was enjoyed by all participants. Despite its classification as “Children’s Literature” it is definitely a graphic novel with wide appeal.

Other winners at the GGs include, Thomas King for his novel The Back of the Turtle and Raziel Reid  for When Everything Feels Like the Movie. See the complete list of winners here. 

Christa Seeley

Christa Seeley

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