This is the 25th 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 2018 Giller Prize jury members are: Kamal Al-Solaylee (Jury Chair), Maxine Bailey, John Freeman, Philip Hensher, and Heather O’Neill.
Again this year I will be joining Kim from Reading Matters, Alison from The Globe and Mail, and new jury member Marcie from Buried in Print on the Giller Prize Shadow Jury. The shortlist will be announced on October 1st, 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 19th.
Here’s the longlist (announced September 17th):
- Paige Cooper for her story collection Zolitude, published by A John Metcalf Book, an imprint of Biblioasis
- Patrick deWitt for his novel French Exit, published by House of Anansi Press
- Eric Dupont for his novel Songs for the Cold of Heart, translated by Peter McCambridge, published by QC Fiction, an imprint of Baraka Books
- Emma Hooper for her novel Our Homesick Songs, published by Hamish Hamilton Canada
- Thea Lim for her novel An Ocean of Minutes, published by Viking Canada
- Lisa Moore for her novel Something for Everyone, published by Astoria, an imprint of House of Anansi Press
Have you read any yet? Comments? Disappointments? Which ones are you most excited about?