The Scotiabank Giller Prize 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 2019 Giller Prize jury members are: Randy Boyagoda (Jury Chair), Aminatta Forna, Aleksandar (Sasha) Hemon, Donna Bailey Nurse, and José Teodoro.
“The 2019 Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist reveals and affirms a welcome and timely truth: Canadian fiction in 2019 is as confident in its exploration and interrogation of the local as it is curious and voracious in its engagement with the world beyond our borders, with time and place being understood in ways that are expansive, warping, and unexpectedly intimate.”
This year I will be joining Alison from The Globe and Mail and Marcie from Buried in Print on the Giller Prize Shadow Jury. The shortlist will be announced on September 30th, 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 18th.
Here’s the longlist (announced September 3rd):
- Days by Moonlight by André Alexis, published by Coach House Books
- The Testaments by Margaret Atwood, published by McClelland & Stewart
- Immigrant City by David Bezmozgis, published by HarperCollins (short stories)
- Greenwood by Michael Christie, published by McClelland & Stewart
- Small Game Hunting at the Local Coward Gun Club by Megan Gail Coles, published by House of Anansi Press
- The Innocents by Michael Crummey, published by Doubleday Canada
- Dream Sequence by Adam Foulds, published by Biblioasis
- Late Breaking by K.D. Miller, published by Biblioasis (short stories)
- Dual Citizens by Alix Ohlin, published by House of Anansi Press
- Lampedusa by Steven Price, published by McClelland & Stewart
- Frying Plantain by Zalika Reid-Benta, published by Astoria (House of Anansi Press)
- Reproduction by Ian Williams, published by Random House Canada
Thoughts on the four I have already read:
- Days by Moonlight by André Alexis
- Dream Sequence by Adam Foulds
- Late Breaking by K.D. Miller
- Frying Plantain by Zalika Reid-Benta
Have you read any yet? Comments? Disappointments? Which ones are you most excited about?