CBC has announced four of the five esteemed presenters that will take to the Giller Prize stage on Tuesday, October 30. Rick Mercer, Kim Cattrall, Allan Hawco and Measha Brueggergosman will join the brightest names in Canadian literature at Toronto's Ritz-Carlton for the 2012 Scotiabank Giller Prize. The prize, now in its 19th year, celebrates the best in Canadian fiction. The three judges, Roddy Doyle, Anna Porter and Gary Shteyngart will decide who goes home with the prize of $50,000 and gets to take full benefit of the oh-so-coveted 'Giller Effect'.
Jack Rabinovitch, who founded the Giller Prize with David Staines and Mordecai Richler, had this to say about this year's broadcast on CBC: "The CBC has outdone itself again. I can't think of a more fitting way of celebrating the Giller finalists and their books than pairing them with true fans that also happen to be Canadian icons. I think they and Canadian audiences everywhere are in for quite a treat."
Golden Globe winner Kim Cattrall, presenting Nancy Richler's The Imposter Bride, said: "It is an honour to be a part of such a prestigious celebration of the arts. It is so important to give recognition and praise to these talented writers and their gift of storytelling."
CBC's own Rick Mercer - one of the most respected names on Canadian television - will present Will Ferguson's novel 419 while Republic of Doyle's Allan Hawco will introduce Russell Wangersky's collection of short stories, Whirl Away.