Martine Leavitt Awarded Governor General’s Literary Award for Young People’s Literature

Martine Leavitt will be awarded the Governor General's Literary Award for Young People's Literature in Ottawa on Nov. 30, for her book Calvin. Inaugurated in 1937 for 1936 publications in two categories, the Governor General's Literary Awards have become one of Canada's most prestigious prizes. And it carries a $25,000 monetary prize. (Keep that in mind when your parents ask you if there's any money in creative writing.)

The jury's statement on her winning book: "In Martine Leavitt’s Calvin, a boy newly diagnosed with schizophrenia makes a pilgrimage across a frozen Lake Erie. Told in spare, beautiful prose, this transcendent exploration of reality and truth is funny, frightening and affirming. Calvin is an astonishing achievement."

Martine Leavitt is a visiting professor at BYU this semester. She is teaching two creative writing classes for us. Students report her classes as engaging and valuable. They also mention that she gives them tools to use and then pushes them to do their best work. Sister Leavitt read in the English Reading Series a few weeks ago, proving yet again that we are blessed to have top-notch writers share their talents with BYU students.

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