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 2020 Giller Prize jury members are: Claire Armitstead, David Chariandy, Tom Rachman, Eden Robinson, and Mark Sakamoto (jury chair).
“We were determined to find the most powerful pieces of fiction published this year. And, despite the difficulties posed by the pandemic, we experienced an embarrassment of riches. Exquisite prose has emerged from many parts of Canada and multiple walks of life; and we have filled our months with witty, intense and achingly beautiful stories.”
“We are proud of the collection of books that has emerged from our lengthy debates; and we believe that this longlist is but one clear reflection of the talent and global relevance of Canadian writers. To the nominees, we offer our sincere gratitude and our heartfelt congratulations.”
This year I will be joining Penny from Literary Hoarders, Lindy from Lindy Reads and Reviews, and Kate, creative genius on the Giller Prize Shadow Jury. The shortlist will be announced on October 5th, 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 9th.
Here’s the longlist (announced September 8th):
Ridgerunner by Gil Adamson, published by House of Anansi
Here the Dark by David Bergen, published by Biblioasis
Watching You Without Me by Lynn Coady, House of Anansi
All I Ask by Eva Crocker, House of Anansi
The Pull of the Stars by Emma Donoghue, HarperCollins Canada
Butter Honey Pig Bread by Francesca Ekwuyasi, Arsenal Pulp Press
Five Little Indians by Michelle Good, Harper Perennial
Dominoes at the Crossroads by Kaie Kellough, Esplanade Books
Indians on Vacation by Thomas King, HarperCollins
Consent by Annabel Lyon, Random House Canada
Polar Vortex by Shani Mootoo, Book*hug Press
The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel, HarperCollins
Clyde Fans by Seth, Drawn & Quarterly
How To Pronounce Knife by Souvankham Thammavongsa, McClelland & Stewart
The four I have already read:
- Ridgerunner by Gil Adamson
- Here the Dark by David Bergen
- Watching You Without Me by Lynn Coady
- How To Pronounce Kinfe by Souvankham Thammavongsa (review to come)
Any thoughts on the Giller list this year? Surprises? Disappointments? Are you planning to read any of these?
Check out our new site for the Shadow Giller and follow along with our progress!