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Scotiabank Giller Prize offering monthly 'master panel' online discussions

The online events will feature writers discussing topics of the moment, ranging from Black History Month to getting published in Canada to what's involved in being a juror for a literary prize.
The first Giller Master Panel will feature Cecil Foster, Ian Williams, Zalika Reid-Benta, Chelene Knight and Rinaldo Walcott. (Submitted by the Scotiabank Giller Prize)

The Scotiabank Giller Prize will be hosting a series of monthly conversations. Called the Giller Master Panels, the online events will feature writers discussing topics of the moment, ranging from Black History Month to getting published in Canada to what's involved in being a juror for a literary prize.

The $100,000 prize annually recognizes the best in Canadian fiction. It's the biggest literary prize in Canada.

The panels will feature past winners, finalists and jurors as well as voices from the Canadian publishing industry.

The first panel will take place on Feb. 16. It will feature 2019 Giller Prize winner Ian Williams, 2021 jury member Zalika Reid-Benta, Rinaldo Walcott, Chelene Knight and Cecil Foster.

You can learn more about the event or register at the Scotiabank Giller Prize website.

The themes for the rest of the panels have also been announced:

  • March: International Women's Day
  • April: How to get published in Canada
  • May: Asian Heritage Month
  • June: National Indigenous History Month
  • July: Let's Celebrate Canada
  • August: What it means to be a juror

This is the second online event series the Scotiabank Giller Prize has announced. They are also doing a monthly book club series, featuring the 2020 longlisted titles.

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