"It seems only yesterday that David Staines, Mordecai Richler and I got together in Moishe's Deli and came up with the Giller Prize," said Jack Rabinovitch at today's (October 1) press conference announcing the 19th annual Scotiabank Giller Prize finalists. The prize was first launched in 1994, in honour of Rabinovitch's late wife, literary journalist Doris Giller.
The jurors read 95 books that year before concluding on a shortlist of five finalists. This year, jurors Gary Shteyngart, Anna Porter and Roddy Doyle read over 145 books before announcing these five finalists:
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CBC's Executive Vice President of English Services, Kirstine Stewart, announced that CBC will broadcast the awards gala, for the second consecutive year, on October 30 at 9pm. She also proudly noted that CBC authors are first, second and third on the non-fiction Bestsellers list, with at number three Jim Treliving's Decisions, at number two Rick Mercer's A Nation Worth Ranting About and with Jian Ghomeshi, host of CBC Radio One's Q, the Giller Prize Gala broadcast and today's press conference, at number one for his autobiographical 1982.
Be sure to keep an eye on CBC Books - cbc.ca/books - where, right now, you can read excerpts from all the shortlisted books and read Q&As with the authors. During the Giller Prize Gala, there will also be a live chat on the website - a second screen experience for when you're enjoying the Gala live on CBC Television.
And CBC Books wants to know who you think should win the Giller Prize. With Guess the Giller, you can win great prizes including Kobo eReaders and Chapters-Indigo gift cards. Get guessing!