The Scotiabank Giller Prize is awarded to the author of a Canadian novel or short story collection published in English during the past year. A longlist is announced, usually in mid-September, followed by a shortlist in early October. The prize is awarded in November of each year.
KevinfromCanada introduced me to this prize in 2008, and I had then read only Atwood’s Alias Grace, the winner in 1996. In early 2009, KFC invited me to be the international judge on the Giller Prize Shadow Jury, a wonderful opportunity for me to read all of the shortlist and vote on a winner a few days before the Real Giller Prize Jury announced theirs. I’m pleased to say that that year both the Shadow Giller Jury and the Real Giller Jury picked Linden MacIntyre’s The Bishop’s Man as the winner! (Here are my reviews of the shortlist and a few novels that didn’t make it but we thought might.)
I participated again in 2010, reading the entire shortlist and a number of longlisted titles. That year, the Shadow Giller selected Alexander MacLeod’s short story collection Light Lifting as the winner, though my second choice was the eventual Real Giller Prize winner, Johanna Skibsrud’s The Sentimentalists.
I have been invited to sit on the 2011 Shadow Jury as well, so here’s to an excellent year for Canadian fiction!
Click here for the Giller Prize’s official site.
Click here for a list of past winners of the Giller Prize.