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Dittrich takes GG for drama

November 16th, 2022

Dorothy Dittrich (at right) has won the 2022 Governor General’s Literary Award in the drama category for The Piano Teacher: A Healing Key (Talonbooks $16.95), a story about loss, love, friendship and the healing power of music.

The Piano Teacher, an Arts Club Theatre Silver Commission previously won the Jessie Richardson Award for Outstanding Original Script. Her other plays include The Dissociates, Lesser Demons, Two Part Invention, and If the Moon Falls, commissioned by the Solo Collective.

Dittrich’s musical When We Were Singing has been produced across Canada including the National Arts Centre, and in the U.S. It received a workshop in New York with MTC. Dorothy’s work has garnered her a number of Jessie Awards and nominations including two Dora Mavor Moore nominations for When We Were Singing. She is the recipient of the Sydney J. Risk Award for Emerging Playwright.


About the GG’s:

  • Founded in 1936, the Governor General’s Literary Awards are some of Canada’s oldest and most prestigious prizes, with a total annual prize value of $450,000. 
  • The Canada Council for the Arts has funded, administered and promoted these awards since 1959. 
  • The winners are selected by category-specific, language-based peer assessment committees (seven in English and seven in French), who this year considered eligible books published between August 1, 2021, and July 31, 2022.  
  • Each writer, translator, or illustrator whose book is selected as winner receives a $25,000 prize. Publishers receive $3,000 to promote the winning book; finalists receive $1,000 each. 


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