My 2013 Giller Prize Shortlist Prediction
By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / @ZaraAlexis
It’s been an exciting time since the Longlist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize was announced.
For bibliotaphes—especially Canadian bibliotaphes—it is a highly coveted and prestigious award in Canadian literature. It awards its winner with a $70,000 monetary prize and recognizes the excellence in Canadian fiction.
And this year’s jury couldn’t be more qualified with such distinguished writers and readers such as Margaret Atwood, Esi Edugyan (last year’s Giller Prize winner for her book, Half-Blood Blues), and Jonathan Lethem.
The Longlist was announced on September 16, which has given the jury less than a month to chisel the list down to its much-awaited announcement later TODAY!
Here’s the Longlist of books that are hopeful to make the cut:
Dennis Brock’s Going Home Again
Joseph Boyden’s The Orenda
Lynn Coady’s Hellgoing
Craig Davidson’s Cataract City
Elizabeth de Mariaffi’s How to Get Along with Women
David Gilmour’s Extraordinary
Wayne Grady’s Emancipation Day
Louis Hamelin’s October 1970
Wayne Johnston’s The Son of a Certain Woman
Claire Messud’s The Woman Upstairs
Lisa Moore’s Caught
Dan Vyleta’s The Crooked Maid
Michael Winter’s Minister Without Portfolio
For book and author details, visit here, the Scotiabank Giller Prize page.
What do I look for in favouring a book over another?
- Is the prose effortless?
- Does the narrative have depth?
- Is the story compelling?
- Are the characters flawed in such a way that they are still likeable?
- Does the story create a sense of empathy in my reading?
- Does the book’s theme or issues comment or make me think about society, perhaps provoking dialogue or action to change?
- Does the book move me?
- Is the book indicative of what it means to be a Canadian?
In answering some of those questions, here are my predictions for this year’s Giller Prize Shortlist:
The Orenda by Joseph Boyden
Cataract City by Craig Davidson
- Emancipation Day by Wayne Grady
- The Son of a Certain Woman by Wayne Johnston
- Caught by Lisa Moore
Be sure to come back and see if I was right!