Ceremonies at Rideau Hall for GG Awards

The group photo depicts seven anglophone and seven francophone winners for poetry, fiction, non-fiction, drama, translation, illustration for picture books, and children’s book text. Karen Kain, the head of the Canada Council and famous former ballet dancer is on my right, wearing Red. The Governor General, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean and her husband Jean-Daniel Lafond sit in the center. In the second photo I compliment Her Excellency on her choice of format for the dinner after the award ceremony. The format allowed everyone to mingle. I met talented young artists and had great conversations with security staff, military personnel, poets, and many others.
Canadian Poet Don Domanski poses before the award ceremony, claiming to be be very nervous, but looking calm. I stand with French Canadian illustrator Geneviève Côté and her publisher. Karen Kain was all too eager to pose with me and I blushed.

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~ by Duncan Weller on December 13, 2007.

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