Jann Arden will host the 2019 Scotiabank Giller Prize gala
Jann Arden will be the host of the 2019 Scotiabank Giller Prize gala on Nov. 18, 2019.
Arden is a multi-platinum recording artist and has won eight Juno Awards over her celebrated career. She recently starred in the fictional television series Jann on CTV.
The Scotiabank Giller Prize awards $100,000 to the year's best work of Canadian fiction.
The hour-long show features all the shortlisted books, revealing the winner at the end.
Arden is taking over hosting duties from her friend Rick Mercer, who helmed the show last year.
Arden is also the author of the bestselling book Feeding My Mother, a memoir of caring for her mother after she was diagnosed with Alzheimer's.
"I am so excited to be hosting the Scotiabank Giller Prize this year," Arden said in a press release. "I have been such an avid reader all my life and words have literally shaped my entire career. It is an honour to be a small part of this very important celebration of our brilliant Canadian authors."
- Immigrant City by David Bezmozgis
- Small Game Hunting at the Local Coward Gun Club by Megan Gail Coles
- The Innocents by Michael Crummey
- Dual Citizens by Alix Ohlin
- Lampedusa by Steven Price
- Reproduction by Ian Williams
Esi Edugyan won the 2018 prize for Washington Black.
Other past Giller Prize winners include Rohinton Mistry for A Fine Balance, Margaret Atwood for Alias Grace, Mordecai Richler for Barney's Version, Alice Munro for Runaway, André Alexis for Fifteen Dogs and Madeleine Thien for Do Not Say We Have Nothing.
The ceremony will air on CBC, CBC Radio One and will be livestreamed on CBC Books.