By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / @ZaraAlexis
Today is an important day for those who actively belong and participate in the Canadian literary world, especially for those who submitted their work for consideration of the highly coveted and prestigious literary prize for Canadian fiction—The Scotiabank Giller Prize—especially this year.
With an increase to the financial winnings—yes, a whopping $100,000 instead of last year’s $50,000—authors this year are vying for double the money through the prize that Jack Rabinovitch created in 1994 to honour his late wife, literary editor, Doris Giller, which boasts the title of Canada’s top literary fiction prize.
Anyone who is anyone in the publishing world knows that if you make it onto the Giller Longlist, you’ve already won reputable standing — one of distinction and one of opportunity.
But, to snag a spot on the Shortlist is to bid for the biggest accolade and jackpot in Canadian fiction. Canadian stories aren’t just stories anymore, but a testament to Canada’s cultural voice through literature. What it says is honoured each and every year, featuring some of Canada’s finest literary talent.
This year, Canadian author Shauna Singh Baldwin, British novelist Justin Cartwright, and American writer and critic Francine Prose, were the writers specifically chosen to sit on the Giller Prize jury, which had the difficult, but rewarding job of reading though a number of novel submissions—to first choose the Longlist that was announced in mid-September and then to cut the list down by half, which was announced today.
Here are the six finalists:
David Bezmozgis for his novel, The Betrayers, published by HarperCollins Canada:
Frances Itani for her book, Tell, published by HarperCollins Canada:
Sean Michaels for his novel, Us Conductors, published by Random House Canada:
Heather O’Neill for her novel, The Girl Who Was Saturday Night, published by HarperCollins Canada:
Miriam Toews for her novel, All My Puny Sorrows, published by Knopf Canada:
Padma Viswanathan for her book, The Ever After of Ashwin Rao, published by Random House Canada:
Congratulations to all the finalists!
The Scotiabank Giller Prize will air on CBC Television on Monday, Nov. 10 at 9 p.m.with host Jian Ghomeshi of CBC Radio’s Q.
Have you read any of the books that made it onto the Scotiabank Giller Prize Shortlist?
Did the books you were expecting to make it on the list actually make it?
Who do you think will win this year’s Scotiabank Giller Prize?
If you were to win the Giller Prize, what would you do with $100,000?