1980 Governor General's Awards

Each winner of the 1980 Governor General's Awards for Literary Merit was selected by a panel of judges administered by the Canada Council for the Arts.


Category Winner Nominated
Fiction George Bowering, Burning Water
Non-fiction Jeffrey Simpson, Discipline of Power: The Conservative Interlude and the Liberal Restoration
  • John Fraser, The Chinese: Portrait of a People
  • Donald MacKay, Scotland Farewell: The People of the Hector
Poetry or drama Stephen Scobie, McAlmon's Chinese Opera


Category Winner Nominated
Fiction Pierre Turgeon, La première personne
Non-fiction Maurice Champagne-Gilbert, La famille et l'homme à délivrer du pouvoir
  • Jean-Luc Hétu, Croissance humaine et instinct spirituel
  • Yvan Lamonde, La philosophie et son enseignement au Québec
Poetry or drama Michel Van Schendel, De l'oeil et de l'écoute
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