Scotiabank Giller Prize Jury Announced

gillerThe jury for the 2017 Scotiabank Giller Prize has been announced, and it’s going to be another interesting year! The 2017 jury consists of Anita Rau Badami, Lyn Coady, Andre Alexis, Nathan Englander, and Richard Beard.

gillerjury2017The Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist will be announced in September, the short-list in October, and the winner will be announced in November. This is the largest literary prize that celebrates the best Canadian novel or short story collection of the year, and is worth $100,000.

Who do you think will be on the list?

Scotiabank Giller Prize Long List Announced

Earlier this month, the Scotiabank Giller Prize long list was announced…twelve Canadian books in the running for the prestigious Canadian literary prize valued at $25,000. All of the books were presented in a field of 161 entries, and were deemed to be the best fiction published in Canada covering a variety of topics and writing styles.

gillerlonglistThe nominees are:

  • Mona Awad for her novel 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl, published by Penguin Canada
  • Gary Barwin for his novel Yiddish for Pirates, published by Random House Canada
  • Andrew Battershill for his novel Pillow, published by Coach House Books
  • David Bergen for his novel Stranger, published by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
  • Emma Donoghue for her novel The Wonder, published by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
  • Catherine Leroux for her novel The Party Wall, published by Biblioasis International Translation Series, translated by Lazer Lederhendler
  • Kathy Page for her story collection The Two of Us, published by A John Metcalf Book, an imprint of Biblioasis
  • Susan Perly for her novel Death Valley, published by Buckrider Books, an imprint of Wolsak and Wynn Publishers
  • Kerry Lee Powell for her story collection Willem De Kooning’s Paintbrush, published by HarperAvenue, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
  • Steven Price for his novel By Gaslight, published by McClelland & Stewart
  • Madeleine Thien for her novel Do Not Say We Have Nothing, published by Alfred A. Knopf Canada
  • Zoe Whittall for her novel The Best Kind of People, published by House of Anansi Press Inc.

The winners will be announced on Monday, November 7/16 at 9pm, but you might like to attend one of the special readings taking place in various Canadian venues. Please see the website for more details on locations and times, and to get tickets.

This is always such an exciting award, and the books and authors up for nomination this year are going to make the decision very difficult. Have you read any of these, and do you have a favourite? Let us know!

Giller Prize

Going with our short theme of literary awards, today we’re excited about the announcement of the Giller Prize Award winner. The ScotiaBank Giller Prize is Canada’s most prestigious literary award, started in 1994.  It awards $50000 to the author of the best Canadian novel or short stories published in English. (All the finalist on the shortlist receive $5000 and probably some much needed promotion, so it’s a win-win situation for everyone involved.)

This year, the nominees that made it to the short list include a story of Soviet-Jewish refugees stranded in Rome, the journey of a misunderstood boy into adulthood, a Western as you’ve rarely seen it, a novel of a young German jazz musician,  a journey on a ship, and observations on our modern world through remarkable short stories. Each book is as far from the other as you could imagine, and yet all show the incredible and diverse talent that makes up Canadian literature today.

So, who will win? Here are the list of nominees. Please pop to the Giller Prize website tonight around 10pm  for the big announcement! (They’ll post it on Twitter!)

The Free World by David Bezmozgis

The Antagonist by Lynn Coady

The Sisters Brothers by  Patrick deWitt

Half-Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan

Better Living through Plastic Explosives by ZsuZsi Gartner

The Cat’s Table by Michael Ondaatje

Click on any of the above books or author’s names to pop to their websites.  You should spend a few minutes looking through each…they are fascinating and give you a better insight into the authors and their books.

Have you read any of the books and if so, who do you think will win?