Monday, October 6, 2014 |
Six writers are one step closer to winning the most lucrative fiction prize in Canadian history - the $100,000 Scotiabank Giller Prize.
The award organizers unveiled the 2014 shortlist on Monday, Oct. 6. The shortlisted books are:
You can learn more about the shortlisted books at CBC Books' special Scotiabank Giller Prize page.
The Scotiabank Giller Prize, founded by Jack Rabinovitch in 1994 to honour his late wife, literary editor Doris Giller, made headlines last month when it was announced that the cash awards would be doubled, with the winner receiving $100,000 instead of $50,000. The remaining 2014 finalists will each receive $10,000.
The shortlist features a couple of prominent Canadian authors getting another shot at taking home the Giller trophy. Both Miriam Toews and David Bezmozgis have made the shortlist before - Toews for A Complicated Kindness in 2004 (which won Canada Reads in 2006), and Bezmozgis for The Free World in 2011.
The other finalists are new to the shortlist, but are considered some of Canada's finest literary talents. The 72-year-old Itani is a past Commonwealth Writers Prize winner with an acclaimed body of work that includes poetry and short stories. Itani's achievements also include winning first place in the CBC Short Story Prize on two occasions. O'Neill made a big splash with her debut novel Lullabies for Little Criminals, which won the 2007 edition of Canada Reads. Michaels and Viswanathan are both rising stars in the Canadian literary scene.
The winner will be revealed during the Scotiabank Giller Prize gala. You can watch the event broadcast on Monday, Nov. 10.
Guess the Giller!
Which book will win the 2014 Scotiabank Giller Prize?
Make your pick. You could win a set of the 2014 longlisted books!