Emma Donoghue, Madeleine Thien make Scotiabank Giller Prize shortlist

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Six writers have made the shortlist for the 2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize - two are debut novelists and all are first-time finalists for the $100,000 award.

Mona Awad gets the nod for her debut novel, 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl. Awad already took home the Amazon.ca First Novel Award earlier this year for her story of a young girl dealing with weight and body image issues while growing up in a Toronto suburb.


The other debut on the list is Yiddish for Pirates by Gary Barwin. Barwin, an acclaimed poet, tells a rollicking tale of Jewish pirates in the late 15th century... and a parrot in a present-day Florida nursing home.

Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien is the story of a group of classical music prodigies caught up in the Tiananmen Square protests. The novel is also on the 2016 Man Booker Prize shortlist.

The Best Kind of People, Zoe Whittall's third novel, is about a family and a small town grappling with a sexual assault allegation against a husband, teacher, father and generally upstanding citizen.

Emma Donoghue, known for the bestselling-book-turned-Oscar-winning-film Room, has made the list for The Wonder. The novel revolves around an 11-year-old girl living in 1850s Ireland, who will not eat but seemingly cannot die, and an English nurse named Lib, who must find out if Anna is a fraud.

Rounding out the list is The Party Wall by Catherine Leroux. Originally published in French in 2014, it was translated into English by Lazer Lederhendler earlier this year. The French edition won the prestigious France-Quebec Prize.

A five-person jury consisting of Canadians Lawrence Hill, Kathleen Winter and Jeet Heer, British author Samantha Harvey and Scottish author Alan Warner, chose the shortlist from 161 publisher submissions.

The winner will be announced on Nov. 7. Steve Patterson, host of CBC Radio's The Debaters, will be taking over hosting duties for the evening from Rick Mercer.

André Alexis won the prize in 2015 for his novel Fifteen Dogs.

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