Rick Mercer to host the 2014 Scotiabank Giller Prize gala



Top political satirist Rick Mercer will host the gala awarding the $100,000 prize for Canadian fiction. (Photo: Jon Sturge)

Rick Mercer will host the 2014 Scotiabank Giller Prize gala on Nov. 10. The gala will be broadcast on at 9 p.m. (10 p.m. AT /10:30 NT) on CBC Television and livestreamed on CBC Books. Mercer is best known for his political satire on CBC shows such as This Hour Has 22 Minutes and The Rick Mercer Report.

Joining Rick Mercer at the gala will be celebrity presenters Kim Coates, Jessica Paré and Naomi Klein. Three more presenters will be named at a later date.

The six books in contention for the $100,000 prize are The Betrayers by David Bezmozgis, Tell by Frances Itani, Us Conductors by Sean Michaels, The Girl Who Was Saturday Night by Heather O'Neill , All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews, and The Ever After of Ashwin Rao by Padma Viswanathan.

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