Many of you will have had the pleasure of working with him during his amazing short story workshop in Muenster in August 2015. He also read with Griffin Prize winner Sylvia Legris at the 2014 launch of St. Peter's literary and arts magazine, the Society.
CBC news reports that "Daddy Lenin and Other Stories is the author's first short story collection in over 20 years. Of the collection, the jury [...] said, 'Each story is superbly crafted, razor-sharp, wickedly funny. The reader is carried along in the hands of a master, a seasoned professional at the top of his game.'"
This is the third time that Vanderhaeghe has won the Governor General's award. In 1982 his debut collection of stories, Man Descending, won this prestigious prize, and he was awarded it again in 1996 for his novel The Englishman’s Boy.
Vanderhaeghe's win is even more impressive when we consider that 970 titles were entered for the 7 English-language categories. The winners will be awarded $25,000 each and will be honoured at a gala event at Rideau Hall in December.
The Governor General's Literary Awards are presented by the Canada Council for the Arts.