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10 Scotiabank Giller Prize winners now available as free audiobooks on Audible

The collection of audiobooks will be available starting April 30 through to June 28, 2020. 
André Alexis won the Scotiabank Giller Prize in 2015 for the novel Fifteen Dogs. (Chris Young/Canadian Press)

Ten of Canada's acclaimed Scotiabank Giller Prize-winning books are now available as free audiobooks for Canadian listeners on Audible.ca.

The collection of audiobooks will be available on the platform starting April 30 through to June 28, 2020. 

During this period, customers can download the works to their personal collections to keep forever.

"With increased time at home, we know that many Canadians are looking for ways to be informed, inspired and entertained. That was our motivation to provide this access to Scotiabank Giller Prize-winning content," said Georgia Knox, Canada country manager for Audible, in a press release.

Margaret Atwood's internationally renowned novel Alias Grace and Mordecai Richler's iconic Barney's Version are among the selection.

"I'm thrilled that Alias Grace is part of such a thoughtful initiative," said Atwood in a release. "Audible.ca, Scotiabank and the Giller Prize have brought together a diverse mix of stories — entertaining, compelling, adventurous. It's a great diversion during this challenging time."

The 10 titles available are:

"During this difficult time, it's more important than ever to fire our imaginations with truly compelling books by some of Canada's finest storytellers," said Elana Rabinovitch, executive director of the Scotiabank Giller Prize.

The 2019 Giller Prize winner was Reproduction by Ian Williams.

The 2020 prize will be judged by Mark Sakamoto, Eden Robinson, David Chariandy, Tom Rachman and Claire Armitstead. The finalists will be announced in the fall.

The Scotiabank Giller Prize initiative is the latest in a series of free resources offered by Audible.ca during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hundreds of children's titles and the Harry Potter series are also available for free currently on Audible.ca.

Other free works include James Taylor's words-and-music audio memoir Break Shot and Audible Sleep, a free collection of new sleep, relaxation and meditation content.

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