The 2002 Governor General's Awards for Literary Merit were presented by Adrienne Clarkson, Governor General of Canada, at a ceremony at Rideau Hall on Tuesday, November 19. Each winner received a cheque for $15,000.

EnglishEdit

Category Winner Nominated
Fiction   Gloria Sawai, A Song for Nettie Johnson
Non-fiction   Andrew Nikiforuk, Saboteurs: Wiebo Ludwig's War Against Big Oil
Poetry   Roy Miki, Surrender
Drama   Kevin Kerr, Unity (1918)
Children's literature   Martha Brooks, True Confessions of a Heartless Girl
Children's illustration   Wallace Edwards, Alphabeasts
French to English translation   Nigel Spencer, Thunder and Light

FrenchEdit

Category Winner Nominated
Fiction   Monique LaRue, La Gloire de Cassiodore
Non-fiction   Judith Lavoie, Mark Twain et la parole noire
Poetry   Robert Dickson, Humains paysages en temps de paix relative
Drama   Daniel Danis, Le Langue-à-Langue des chiens de roche
Children's literature   Hélène Vachon, L'oiseau de passage
Children's illustration   Luc Melanson, Le grand voyage de Monsieur
English to French translation   Paule Noyart, Histoire universelle de la chasteté et du célibat