This morning the Giller Prize longlist was annonced, and the Shadow Giller is ready. Here are the books:

  • David Bezmozgis: The Free World (available in the U.S.)
  • Clarke Blaise: The Meagre Tarmac* (available in the U.S.)
  • Lynn Coady: The Antagonist
  • Michael Christie: The Beggar’s Garden*
  • Patrick deWitt: The Sisters Brothers (available in the U.S.)
  • Myrna Dey: Extensions** (limited availability in the U.S.)
  • Esi Edugyan: Half-Blood Blues (despite its Booker longlisting and now shortlisting, still no sign of this one being available in the U.S.)
  • Marina Endicott: The Little Shadows
  • Zsuzsi Gartner: Better Living Through Plastic Explosives*
  • Genni Gunn: Solitaria (available in the U.S.)
  • Pauline Holdstock: Into the Heart of the Country
  • Wayne Johnston: A World Elsewhere
  • Dany Laferrière: The Return
  • Suzette Mayr: Monoceros (might be available in the U.S. later this month)
  • Michael Ondaatje: The Cat’s Table (available in the U.S. as of October 4, 2011)
  • Guy Vanderhaeghe: A Good Man (available in the U.S. as of January 3, 2012)
  • Alexi Zentner: Touch (available in the U.S.)

* = Short Story Collection
** = Reader’s Choice

Wait, that’s 17 books (three of which are short story collections)! The Shadow Giller has its work cut out. I have read two of the books already: David Bezmozgis’s The Free World (which I have yet to review on this site) and Patrick deWitt’s The Sisters Brothers (my review here), which, along with Esi Edugyan’s Half-Blood Blues, was also shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize this morning. I have on my stack Alexi Zentner’s Touch, so I’ll probably start there. Of the others, we’ve seen a sample of Michael Ondaatje’s The Cat’s Table in The New Yorker earlier this year (my post here), and I am thrilled to become acquainted with Guy Vanderhaeghe’s work. I don’t know much if anything about any of the others. I’ll do some digging through the day to try to find out which of these titles are available in the United States.

For those of you unfamiliar with the Shadow Giller, let me point to the write up by KevinfromCanada, our chair, here. It’s my third year, and I’ve been looking forward to it since last November, when last year’s winner was announced. Kevin and Alison Gzowski are also back as the Canadian jurors. This year the Shadow Giller has shaken things up even more and will be joined by another international judge from across the sea: Kimbofo (who blogs here at Reading Matters).

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