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Best in Canadian Fiction Whittled Down to Six
October 4, 2011
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You'll find more than a few familiar names on the shortlist for this year's Giller Prize, the annual award for excellence in Canadian fiction. It was announced this morning.

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Booker Prize contenders Patrick deWitt and Esi Edugyan are on there, for their respective novels The Sisters Brothers and Half-Blood Blues.

Michael Ondaatje, who scooped up a Giller in 2000 for Anil's Ghost, is up for a repeat with his new tome, The Cat's Table.

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One of The New Yorker's anointed 20 Under 40 (which identifies twenty promising fiction writers under the age of forty), David Bezmozgis, made the shortlist with his novel The Free World.

Globe and Mail relationship columnist Lynn Coady also made the cut, for The Antagonist, and short story writer Zsuzsi Gartner's newest collection, Better Living Through Plastic Explosives, rounds out the list.

The winner takes home $50,000, and each of the other finalists will pocket a cool 5K for being shortlisted. The Giller Prize gala, hosted by our pal Jian Ghomeshi, goes down November 8th at 9pm ET on CBC Bold, and will be played again on the main network at 11pm ET.

Or, if you can't wait, catch it livestreaming on the CBC Books site.

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