Caroline Pignat Wins The Governor General’s Award for The Gospel Truth

cpignatTransatlantic is excited to congratulate Caroline Pignat whose novel THE GOSPEL TRUTH (Red Deer Press) has won the the Governor General’s Award for Children’s Literature(Text)!

The Jury Citation:
“Caroline Pignat’s THE GOSPEL TRUTH is the powerful and poignant story of 16-year-old Phoebe, a slave girl in 1858 Virginia. Written in lyrical and elegant free verse, it is an unflinching look at the brutality of slavery and Phoebe’s struggle for freedom and truth. Ultimately, this is a story of hope.”


Born in Ireland and raised in Ottawa, Caroline Pignat won her first Governor General’s Award for her novel GREENER GRASS, part of the historical fiction series that also includes WILD GEESE and TIMBER WOLF. Her debut novel, EGGHEAD, garnered the first of her two Red Maple Honour Book Awards. Caroline’s work has been named a Canadian Library Association Young Adult Book of the Year Honour Book and been shortlisted for many other awards, including the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction and the IODE Violet Downey Book Award.

Each year, the Canada Council for the Arts honours the best in Canadian literature with its Governor General’s Literary Awards (the GGs). As Canada’s national literary awards, the GGs represent the rich diversity of Canadian literature. For each category, a peer assessment committee, comprised of fellow authors, translators and illustrators, makes the final selection. Each GG winner receives $25,000; each nonwinning finalist receives $1,000. The publisher of each winning book receives $3,000 to help promote the book.

To learn more about THE GOSPEL TRUTH, please visit More information about the Governor General’s Awards can be found at:
Transatlantic Agency would also like to congratulate all other authors who are winners of the Governor General’s Awards this year and all other nominees.


Governor General’s Award goes to Caroline Pignat!

Transatlantic congratulates Caroline Pignat on winning the Governor General’s Literary Award for Children’s Fiction for her moving and thought-provoking novel Greener Grass (Red Deer Press).

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the collaboration of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Governor General of Canada to honour the finest in Canadian literature. Award winning authors receive $25,000 and a specially-bound copy of their book. A total of 1,541 eligible books were submitted across seven categories, then narrowed to a short list of 70.

Said the Selection Jury:
“In Caroline Pignat’s heart-rending story of the Irish potato famine of 1847, a young girl must compromise the values of her Catholic upbringing in order for her family to survive. Told with devastating realism, Greener Grass will touch the hearts and minds of all ages.”

Born in Ireland and raised in Canada, Caroline Pignat graduated from the University of Ottawa with a Bachelor of Education and a Bachelor of Arts in English and Religious Studies. After working with children and youth for over fifteen years in roles such as teacher, seminar facilitator, mentor and coach, she began her writing career. In addition to her writing for her novels, her fiction, non-fiction and poetry for children have appeared regularly in Highlights for Children, Guideposts for Kids, Living Faith for Kids, and Clubhouse Magazine.

More information about the Governor General’s Literary Awards can be found at