Richard B. Wright is another writer for whom the second time was the charm. He was a Giller finalist in 1995 for The Age of Longing
, which lost out to Rohinton Mistry's A Fine Balance
. But Wright's Clara Callan
, the story of two sisters whose lives take very different paths, won the 2001 jury over.
In his acceptance speech, Wright appeared genuinely surprised to win. "Since I didn't expect to win I didn't prepare any response to this. If you don't mind I'll just stand here for a few minutes and hyperventilate." Did You Know?
Wright's first published book was a children's mystery titled Andrew Tolliver
2001 Shortlist:Richard B. Wright - Clara Callan
Sandra Birdsell - The Russlander
Michael Crummey - River Thieves
Michael Redhill - Martin Sloane
Timothy Taylor - Stanley Park
Jane Urquhart - The Stone Carvers