Last night at the Four Seasons in Toronto, we were joined on the red carpet by the short listed authors and celebrity presenters at the Scotiabank Giller Prize Gala to talk about what gala host Jian Ghomeshi called "The Giller Effect" and what it means for the great Canadian books and authors being celebrated. Check out the video below...
We also got to find out some other fun stuff - like what apps concert pianist Lang Lang loves (Magic Piano and Angry Birds), which designer got Kevin O'Leary into his first velvet jacket (Tom Ford) and how this year's Giller Prize winner, Esi Edugyan, will spend some of her $50,000 prize money (diapers for her newborn and her next book).
- Patrick DeWitt's The Sisters Brothers has been optioned for a film but he says "I'm at the awkward stage where I'm not supposed to talk about that or I'll be in trouble". He's also 100 pages into his new book which, he says, is "about a guy, he's a sad guy, he's not a good guy, he's a bad guy, but I'm gonna try to trick you all into liking him."
- Much to his surprise, there was a Twitter debate about what Jian Ghomeshi would wear to host the gala, suit vs. tuxedo, and the tuxedo won (rightly so... he looked very dashing).
- Lisa Ray was proud to be wearing a Canadian designer and she looked stunning in a black beaded gown by Wayne Clark.
- Hedley's Jacob Hoggard, who presented Zsuzsi Gartner's Better Living Through Plastic Explosives, found out he's her neighbor in Vancouver. Hedley just released their latest album, Storms, yesterday as well. Check out our full interview with Jacob.
- Michael Ondaatje, Adrienne Clarkson, Moses Znaimer, Zsuzsi Gartner and Seamus O'Reagan were among the revelers who filled the Four Seasons' Avenue Bar late into the evening.
Watch the complete Scotiabank Giller Prize Gala online now.