Kamal Al-Solaylee, Heather O'Neill on 5-person 2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize jury

Maxine Bailey, Philip Hensher and John Freeman round out the 2018 panel for the $100,000 prize.
Kamal Al-Solaylee and Heather O'Neill are two of the jurors for the 2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize. (Gary Gould)

The Scotiabank Giller Prize has announced its jury panel for the 2018 award.

Montreal's Heather O'Neill, author of The Lonely Hearts Hotel, and a recent juror for the 2018 CBC Short Story Prize, will sit on the five-person panel. O'Neill was the first author to be a finalist for the Giller Prize in back-to-back years: she was nominated in 2014 for the novel The Girl Who Was Saturday Night and in 2015 for the short story collection Daydreams of Angels.

The other Canadians on the jury are Kamal Al-Solaylee, author of bestselling memoir Intolerable — which won the 2013 Toronto Book Award and was a Canada Reads 2015 finalist, and Maxine Bailey, an active member of the Canadian arts scene and vice-president of advancement for the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).

Rounding out the jury are two international authors. British author Philip Hensher won the 1997 Somerset Maugham Award for his novel Kitchen Venom. John Freeman, the editor of the recent anthology Tales of Two Americas, is an American writer and literary critic. 

The Scotiabank Giller Prize celebrates the best Canadian novel or story collection of the year, and carries a 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. Rabinovitch died on August 6, 2017 at the age of 87.

The 2017 winner was Michael Redhill for the novel Bellevue Square.

Other past winners include Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien, Fifteen Dogs by André Alexis and Half-Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan. 

The longlist will be announced on Sept. 17, 2018. The shortlist will be revealed on Oct. 1, 2018.

The winner will be announced at a televised ceremony in Toronto in November 2018.

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