This morning the 2010 Giller Prize longlist was announced:

  • David Bergen: The Matter with Morris
  • Douglas Coupland: Player One
  • Michael Helm: Cities of Refuge
  • Alexander MacLeod: Light Lifting
  • Avner Mandelman: The Debba
  • Tom Rachman: The Imperfectionists
  • Sarah Selecky: This Cake Is for the Party
  • Johanna Skibsrud: The Sentimentalist
  • Cordelia Strube: Lemon
  • Joan Thomas: Curiosity
  • Jane Urquhart: Sanctuary Line
  • Dianne Warren: Cool Water
  • Kathleen Winter: Annabel

Remember, I am part of the Shadow Jury, explained here on KevinfromCanada’s blog. The only book I’ve read so far is the very enjoyable The Imperfectionists. You can read reviews of it, Cities of Refuge, and Annabel on KFC’s blog.

There are only a couple of titles available in the United States: The Imperfectionists and The Debba. That being the case, and since the shortlist is going to be announced in only a couple of weeks, I don’t know how many of the others I will get to, though I will be reading the entire shortlist.

I am glad that I don’t have to read Emma Donoghue’s Room. I just had no interest, despite its positive reviews and inclusion on the Booker shortlist. I am sad, though, that I won’t be quickly reading some of the other eligible titles KFC has been reading through the year. Ghosted and Far to Go look particularly good.

I would like to remind everyone how much I enjoyed reading for the Giller Shadow Jury last year. I didn’t like all of the books, but I loved the process and the exposure to books I normally would have skipped. Each book was interesting, and it showed me how strong Canadian fiction is. I expect many surprises this year as well. Stay tuned!

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