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Canada-Japan Literary Awards winners Ginette Michaud, Alice Michaud-Lapointe and Michael Prior

Ginette Michaud and Alice Michaud-Lapointe (top) and Michael Prior (bottom)

Photo: Valérie Lebrun (top) / Rocio Anica (bottom)

Current Winners


Alice Michaud-Lapointe and Ginette Michaud for their book, Néons et sakuras

Author Alice Michaud-Lapointe was born in Montréal in 1990. In 2014, she published Titre de transport with Héliotrope, which was a finalist for the finaliste au Grand Prix littéraire Archambault and was rereleased in paperback in 2016; Villégiature (2016); and Néons et sakuras (2018), co-written with Ginette Michaud. She is also a PhD student and a graduate teaching assistance at the Université de Montréal’s cinema studies department. Since 2014, she has sat on the writing committee for cultural magazine Spirale. Her work has been published in various magazines, including 24 images, Études Françaises, Found Footage Magazine, Nouvelles Vues and Hors Champ.

A Professor Emeritus at the Université de Montréal’s French-language literature Department, Ginette Michaud has written many essays (on Barthes, Ferron, Derrida, Blanchot and Cixous), which have earned her several distinctions (AFCAS Adrien-Pouliot, Eva-Le-Grand and Victor Barbeau awards). As a member of the international committee for editing Derrida lectures, she coedited the The Beast and the Sovereign and Le parjure et le pardon, as well as his writings on the arts and architecture. Her latest published works are La vérité à l’épreuve du pardon and Lire dans la nuit (Les Presses de l’Université de Montréal, 2019 and 2020).

Michael Prior for his book Burning Province

Michael Prior’s poems have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, including Poetry, The New Republic, Narrative Magazine, PN Review, The Next Wave, Resisting Canada, and the Academy of American Poets' Poem-A-Day series. His first book of poems, Model Disciple (Véhicule Press), was published in 2016 and was named one of the best books of the year by the CBC. His second book, Burning Province (McClelland & Stewart), was published in Spring 2020. He divides his time between British Columbia and Minnesota, where he teaches at Macalester College.

Learn more about Michael Prior.

What is this prize?

The Canada-Japan Literary Awards recognize the literary merit of books on Japan, on Japanese themes or on themes that promote mutual understanding between Japan and Canada, written by Canadian authors, or translated by Canadian translators from Japanese into English or French.

Who created this prize?

Funding for the Canada-Japan Literary Awards comes from a gift from the Government of Japan.

For more information

Lori Knoll

Program Officer, Prizes


1-800-263-5588 (toll-free) or 613-566-4414 ext. 5573


October 2022


Prize Amount

$10,000 each

2 prizes valued at $10,000 each

  • 1 English-language work
  • 1 French-language work

By nomination

Submit your nomination to canadajapan-prizes@canadacouncil.ca

Cumulative list of winners

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