Irish author and screenwriter Roddy Doyle and author and publisher Anna Porter have been named to the jury that will choose the 2012 Scotiabank Giller Prize-winner.
American author and satirist Gary Shteyngart will also be part of the high-profile jury, announced Monday by Jack Rabinovitch, founder of the English-language fiction honour.
The $50,000 Giller Prize, one of Canada’s most prestigious literary awards, is given annually to the best novel or collection of short stories by a Canadian author.
Doyle is one of Ireland’s best-known writers, author of The Commitments and 1993 Booker Prize-winner Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha. His latest books are the short story collection Bullfighting and young adult novel A Greyhound of a Girl. He also established a creative writing centre in Dublin in 2009.
Toronto-based Porter was founder and publisher of now-defunct Key Porter Books. She is the author of three crime novels and three books of non-fiction, including Kasztner’s Train, which won the Canadian Jewish Book Award and the Nereus Writers' Trust Non-Fiction Prize. She also wrote The Ghosts of Europe, which won the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for excellence in political writing.
New York-based Shteyngart is the satirist who wrote the bestsellers Super Sad True Love Story and Absurdistan.
The 2012 Giller Prize will be awarded in Toronto on Oct. 30, a slightly earlier date than in the past. The 2011 winner was Half-Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan.