The Shadow Jury’s winner: (my review)
The Real 2016 Giller Winner: (my review)
My thoughts: Do Not Say We Have Nothing is a beautiful book and a deserving winner of the Giller Prize. To hear Madeleine Thien’s acceptance speech or to watch the entire program, visit CBC Books.
Congratulations to the winner Madeleine Thein, and to all the finalists; Catherine Leroux, Zoe Whittall, Gary Barwin, Mona Awad and Emma Donoghue!
Thank you to my fellow jurors, Kim and Alison, as well as our adjudicator and cheer-leader, Mrs. KfC! Lovely to work with all of you.
One last thing: I went to the Giller Light Bash (Halifax) last night with my sister. All proceeds from the event go to support Frontier College Canada’s Literacy Organization. But like a dummy, I didn’t take any pictures or bring home any souvenirs. Except for my memories. (I have Sarah to vouch for me, though – it was nice to see you there!) So, I will leave you with this:
Did anyone else get out to one of the Giller bashes last night, or watch from home? Any thoughts on the winner – agree? disagree? Were you crossing your fingers for someone else? Do you think anything could/should be done differently?
31 thoughts on “2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize Winner”
I’m happy for Madeleine Thien. I enjoyed reading all your shadow panel reviews!
Thanks for following along, Rebecca! 🙂
What a great photo of you and your sis! Glad to hear you had a good time.
We did have fun, and even got a good picture out of it. 🙂
I will read the Thien and the Leroux, for sure. I also have enjoyed all of the Shadow Panel’s reviews!
Good to hear, Debbie! Thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!
Funnily enough, I’m still not convinced about the Thien – readily available here in the UK – but love the sound of The Party Wall, not so readily available in print here. I’ll get my hands on a copy somehow! Glad to hear you enjoyed your bash, Naomi.
So glad to hear you’re interested in The Party Wall, Susan! Where there’s a will, there’s a way! 🙂
Next year I’ll take pictures! It was so lovely to see you there, Naomi, and to meet your sister.
It was nice to see you there, too, Sarah (and Marianne)! I’m terrible for remembering to take pictures – not having a phone doesn’t help. Next year! 🙂
I am the WORST for taking pictures at events like that. I like the photo of you and your sister though!
Can you believe I had actually read ONE of the books? I’m always a little scared off by the literary prize books. They seem so serious. Was fun to follow along with the shadow jury though!
I know what you mean about books that are up for prizes – they are not always the most ‘readable’. But this bunch was great – I’d recommend them to just about anyone!
I think you’d really love The Best Kind of People!
I keep forgetting that that one is nominated, hahaha. I have a copy – need to get to December to read it, I guess!
I’m glad you were able to get to the official bash – sounds like fun!
Me too! 🙂
How wonderful that you were able to go to the event. I always console myself with the same thought when I forget to take pictures, which is frequently: at least I got it all stored in my head. 🙂
And if the memories don’t stick as well as I would like them to, there is always next year! 🙂
Thank you for writing about this particular literary prize and for making me more aware of it and these novels! I’m going to read either The Party Wall or the Zoe Whittall book, and maybe the Mona Awad. Cute pic of you and your sister!
Thanks Laila! I’m glad you were able to get something out of it. 🙂
I’ve enjoyed reading your posts on the Giller and impressed at the range of books that got on the shortlist. These prizes are great for getting authors’ names better known and the blogosphere is equally great for letting us know about prizes from countries other than our own. Glad you had fun at the event – you deserved to! 🙂
Thanks FF! I seriously enjoyed every one of the books (which I’m sure is not something that could be said for every year’s list), and I loved how different they all were. Their differences, however, make them that much harder to choose between!
Oh, how exciting!!! I will definitely add Madeleine Thein’s book to my 2017 TBR.
Thank you so much for all your insightful reviews. It looks like you had a very fun and rewarding journey.
I did, Naz, thank you! 🙂
Thanks for all of your insightful posts – they added to my enjoyment of the Giller!!
Thanks for saying so, Susan! 🙂
DSWHN is my favourite read of 2016 so far, so I’m delighted she’s won this award.
I thought you might be. 😉
I’m so happy for her! Don’t forget to watch her acceptance speech -it’ll make you cry!
Oh thank you for that link. What a gracious, beautiful speech & such a timely reminder of kindness, freedom & love.
Watched it on TV. A local bash sounds nice.
It was a fun way to end the ‘Giller season’!