Patrick DeWitt Wins Governor General's Award

The Vancouver native takes home the $25,000 English-language fiction award for "The Sisters Brothers"

Vancouver native Patrick DeWitt won a Governor General’s Award this morning for his book The Sisters Brothers. With a nod to the traditional Western, the comic novel follows two gun-slinging gangster brothers as they chase down a target through the mid-19th century American West. DeWitt is one of two Canadian writers to be nominated for four heavyweight literary awards this season (the other is Half-Blood Blues author Esi Edugyan), and he’ll be adding the $25,000 GG award money to the $25,000 Roger’s Writer’s Trust Prize he won two weeks ago. Who says fiction writing isn’t lucrative? -Allison Friedman

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