Get ready, book lovers. The Giller Prize shortlist was announced today. The prestigious $50,000 prize - chosen by a jury - goes to an author with the best work of Canadian fiction ("novel or short story collection") printed in English or translated into English.
Toronto businessman Jack Rabinovitch founded the award in 1994, naming it for his late wife, literary journalist Doris Giller. It is considered one of the most respected awards in the Canadian book world, and certainly one that has a major impact on sales and exposure.
Of the shortlisted finalists, three of the authors are Montrealers: Kim Thuy, Nancy Richler, and US-based Alix Ohlin. Alberta satirist Will Ferguson and East Coast writer Russell Wangersky complete the top five. (Kim Thuy's translator, Sheila Fischman, shares her nomination)
The winner takes home the grand prize, but don't feel bad for the runners-up ... it really is an honour just to be nominated. The four non-winning nominees each get $5,000, as well as the distinct honour of being featured in bookstores and online retailers in the days leading up to, and after, the gala.
This officially kicks off the month-long lead-up to the big announcement of the winner, and CBC Books has all the coverage you need. To get in on the excitement, play the Guess the Giller contest and watch their site for exclusive content. You can also follow the Gillers on Twitter.
You can watch the big reveal on CBC Television. The black-tie gala airs live from Toronto on Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 9:00 PM (9:30 NL), hosted by our own recently-published author, the host of CBC Radio's 'Q,' Jian Ghomeshi.