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The Giller Prize Announces 2012 Longlist

The Scotiabank Giller Prize - the country's most distinguished literary prize - announced its longlist today (September 4). In the 19th year of the prize, the Giller jury read through 142 pieces of fiction to narrow it down to the thirteen remaining authors - who will now have to wait until October 1 when the finalists are revealed at a press conference.


The 2012 Scotiabank Giller Prize Longlist:

Marjorie Celona - Y

"A mesmerizing debut that begins with a baby left on the doorsteps of the YMCA and uncovers the true meaning of identity, family and the place we call home." -

Billie Livingston - One Good Hustle

"An unsparing novel of loyalty and survival that is fierce, sharp and funny even when it's breaking your heart." -

Nancy Richler - The Imposter Bride

"When a young, enigmatic woman arrives in post-war Montreal, it is immediately clear that she is not who she claims to be. Her attempt to live out her life as Lily Azerov shatters as she disappears, leaving a new husband and baby daughter, and a host of unanswered questions." -

Lauren Davis - Our Daily Bread

"A novel about what happens when we view our neighbours as "The Other" and the transformative power of unlikely friendships; Our Daily Bread is inspired by the true story of the Goler Clan of Nova Scotia." -

Annabel Lyon - The Sweet Girl

"Ailing, mourning and broken in spirit, Aristotle soon dies. And his orphaned daughter, only 16, finds out that the world is a place of superstition, not logic, and that a girl can be played upon by gods and goddesses, as much as by grown men and women. To safely journey to a place in which she can be everything she truly is, Aristotle's daughter will need every ounce of wit she possesses, but also grace and the capacity to love." -

Kim Thúy - Ru

"In vignettes of exquisite clarity, sharp observation and sly wit, we are carried along on an unforgettable journey from a palatial residence in Saigon to a crowded and muddy Malaysian refugee camp, and onward to a new life in Quebec. There, the young girl feels the embrace of a new community, and revels in the chance to be part of the American Dream." -

Cary Fagan - My Life Among the Apes (a collection of short stories)

"A woman leaves her husband, a retired judge, when he refuses to give up his passion for performing as a magician ("The Floating Wife"). A young man exiled from the downtown arts scene finds himself living in the suburbs in a community of new immigrants ("Shit Box"). A widow moves to New York to confront the woman who was her late husband's mistress ("The Brooklyn Revenge"). A bank manager in a bad situation turns to his childhood obsession with Jane Goodall for inspiration ("My Life Among the Apes")." -

Alix Ohlin - Inside

"With a razor-sharp emotional intelligence, Inside poignantly explores the manifold dangers and imperatives of making ourselves available to, and indeed responsible for, those dearest to us." -

Russel Wangersky - Whirl Away

"...looks at what happens when people's personal coping skills go awry. These are people who discover their anchor-chain has broken: characters safe in the world of self-deception or even selfdelusion, forced to face the fact that their main line of defense has become their greatest weakness." -

Will Ferguson - 419

"Lives intersect, worlds collide, a family falls apart. And it all begins with a single email: "Dear Sir, I am the son of an exiled Nigerian diplomat, and I need your help ..." 419 takes readers behind the scene of the world's most insidious internet scam." -

Katrina Onstad - Everybody Has Everything

"What happens when the tidy, prosperous life of an urban couple is turned inside out by a tragedy with unexpected consequences? After a car crash leaves their friend Marcus dead and his wife Sarah in a coma, Ana and James are shocked to discover that they have become the legal guardians of a 2½-year-old, Finn." -

Robert Hough - Dr. Brinkley's Tower

"Equal parts Mark Twain and Gabriel García Márquez, Robert Hough's wildly imaginative new novel takes us to 1931 and Corazón de la Fuente, a tiny Mexican border town where the only industry is a run-down brothel." -

CS Richardson - The Emperor of Paris

"The two might never have met, but for a curious chain of coincidences involving a mysterious traveller, an impoverished painter, a jaded bookseller, and a book of fairytales, lost and found . . ." -

As a proud sponsor and official broadcast partner of The Giller Prize, CBC will once again broadcast the event on October 30.

Last year, short listed authors and celebrity presenters joined CBC Live on the red carpet at the Scotiabank Giller Prize Gala. Take a look...



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