This is the 24th anniversary of the Scotiabank Giller Prize, a prize that was founded in 1994 by (the late) 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 2017 Giller Prize jury members are: Canadian writers André Alexis, Anita Rau Badami (Jury Chair) and Lynn Coady, along with British author Richard Beard and American writer and playwright Nathan Englander. You can find more information about the jury members here.
Again 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 October 2nd, after which we will be reading and reviewing the books on the shortlist, and making our shadow selection a few days before the real winner is announced on November 20th.
Here’s the longlist (announced September 18th):
David Chariandy for his novel Brother, published by McClelland & Stewart
Rachel Cusk for her novel Transit, published by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
David Demchuk for his novel The Bone Mother, published by ChiZine Publications
Joel Thomas Hynes for his novel We’ll All Be Burnt in Our Beds Some Night, published by HarperPerennial, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
Andrée A. Michaud for her novel Boundary, published by Biblioasis International Translation Series, translated by Donald Winkler
Josip Novakovich for his story collection Tumbleweed, published by Esplanade Books/Véhicule Press
Ed O’Loughlin for his novel Minds of Winter, published by House of Anansi Press
Zoey Leigh Peterson for her novel Next Year, For Sure, published by Doubleday Canada
Michael Redhill for his novel Bellevue Square, published by Doubleday Canada
Eden Robinson for her novel Son of a Trickster, published by Alfred A. Knopf Canada
Deborah Willis for her story collection The Dark and Other Love Stories, published by Hamish Hamilton Canada
Michelle Winters for her novel I Am a Truck, published by Invisible Publishing
Surprises? Disappointments? Was there a particular book you were hoping to see on the list? Which ones tempt you? Any predictions for the shortlist?