Your life-changing reading list: Giller-nominated authors share the books that rocked their world

From The Hobbit to Slaughterhouse-Five, Scotiabank Giller Prize-shortlisted authors open up about the one book that changed their life.

From The Hobbit to Slaughterhouse-Five, the authors open up about the one book that changed their life

This year's five Scotiabank Giller Prize-shortlisted authors — Rachel Cusk, Ed O’Loughlin, Michael Redhill, Eden Robinson, and Michelle Winters — reveal the one book by another author that changed their life. 2:18

This Monday night, the Scotiabank Giller Prize will be awarded to the author of the best Canadian novel or short story published in English. It's a monumental prize for any Canadian author with its $100,000 purse and an inevitable big bump in book sales. But before one of the five shortlisted author's life is changed on Monday, the five finalists — Rachel Cusk, Ed O'Loughlin, Michael Redhill, Eden Robinson and Michelle Winters — each revealed the one book by another author that has already changed their life.

Here are their life-changing reads:

Bear by Marian Engel, Seal Books; The Collected works of Billy The Kid by Michael Ondaatje, Vintage Canada; The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, George Allen & Unwin; Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Delta; The Rainbow by D.H. Lawrence, Penguin Classics

Rachel Cusk, author of  Transit: The Rainbow by D.H. Lawrence 

Ed O'Loughlin, author of Minds of Winter: Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

Michael Redhill, author of Bellevue Square: The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

Eden Robinson, author of Son of a Trickster: The Collected Works of Billy the Kid by Michael Ondaatje

Michelle Winters, author of I Am a Truck: Bear by Marian Engel

Dying to know who will take the prize? Here's how you can tune in!

ON TV: CBC TV will broadcast the gala at 8 p.m. local time (12:30 a.m. AT/1:00 a.m. NT).

ONLINE: CBC Books will livestream the gala at 8 p.m. ET.

ON THE RADIO: CBC Radio will air a broadcast special hosted by The Next Chapter host Shelagh Rogers and q columnist Jael Richardson at 8 p.m. (9 p.m. AT/9:30 p.m. NT).

Explore the 2017 Scotiabank Giller Prize shortlist:


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