André Alexis, Anita Rau Badami and Lynn Coady on 5-person 2017 Scotiabank Giller Prize jury

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The Scotiabank Giller Prize jury, from left to right: Anita Rau Badami, Lynn Coady, André Alexis, Nathan Englander and Richard Beard.

The Scotiabank Giller Prize has announced its jury panel for the 2017 award.

Anita Rau Badami, author of The Hero's Walk, which was a finalist for Canada Reads in 2016, will chair the five-person panel. Joining her are past prize winners André Alexis, who won in 2015 for Fifteen Dogs, and Lynn Coady, who was honoured for her short story collection Hellgoing in 2013.

Rounding out the jury are two international authors. American author Nathan Englander won the 2012 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award for his collection What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank. English novelist Richard Beard has written six novels and four works of nonfiction, most recently his memoir The Day That Went Missing.

The prize celebrates the best Canadian novel or story collection of the year, and carries a generous purse of $100,000 for the winner - making it the richest prize in Canadian literature. It was founded in 1994 by Toronto businessman Jack Rabinovitch in honour of his late wife, Doris Giller. Last year's winner was Madeleine Thien for Do Not Say We Have Nothing.

The longlist will be announced in September. The shortlist will be revealed in October. The winner will be announced at a televised black-tie dinner and ceremony in Toronto on November 21.


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Madeleine Thien accepts the 2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize:

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