This is the 23rd anniversary of the Scotiabank Giller Prize, a prize that was founded in 1994 by Jack Rabinovitch in honour of his wife, the late literary journalist Doris Giller. The prize awards $100,000 annually to the author of the best Canadian novel or short story collection published in English, and $10,000 to each of the finalists.
The 2016 Giller Prize jury members are: Canadian writers Lawrence Hill (Jury Chair), Jeet Heer and Kathleen Winter, along with British author Samantha Harvey and Scottish writer Alan Warner. You can find more information about the jurors here.
This year I will be joining Kim from Reading Matters and Alison from The Globe and Mail on the Giller Prize Shadow Jury. The shortlist will be announced on September 26th, after which we will be reading and reviewing all the books on the list, and making our shadow selection a few days before the real winner is announced on November 7th.
So, stay tuned for some Giller Prize content in the near future…
Here’s the longlist (announced September 6th):
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.
Have you read any of these, or plan to? Anyone wish to make a prediction about the shortlist?