Nov 03, 2016

 Hosted by Steve Patterson, the 2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize will be broadcast on CBC and live-streamed at at 9 p.m. (10 AT / 10:30 NT) on Monday, November 7 

CBC today announced Catherine Reitman, Gordon Pinsent, Jus Reign, Ins Choi, Tanya Tagaq and Annie Murphy as the presenters for the 2016 SCOTIABANK GILLER PRIZE gala.  These presenters will join the shortlisted authors onstage to celebrate the year’s biggest achievements in Canadian arts and letters. 

The shortlist this year is:

  • Emma Donoghue for her novel The Wonder, published by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
  • Catherine Leroux for her novel The Party Wall, published by Biblioasis International Translation Series, translated by Lazer Lederhendler

The six authors on the shortlist were selected by an esteemed five-member jury panel made up Canadian writers Lawrence Hill (Jury Chair), Jeet Heer and Kathleen Winter, along with British author Samantha Harvey and Scottish writer Alan Warner.  The special presenters will introduce the finalists and their books, as follows:

Mona Awad – presented by actor and writer Catherine Reitman, creator and star of CBC’s upcoming comedy Workin Moms

Gary Barwin – presented by award-winning actor Gordon Pinsent

Emma Donoghue – presented by comedian and YouTube star Jus Reign

Catherine Leroux – presented by actor and playwright Ins Choi, creator and director of CBC’s Kim’s Convenience

Madeleine Thien – presented by award-winning composer and recording artist Tanya Tagaq

Zoe Whittall – presented by actor Annie Murphy, star of CBC’s Schitt’s Creek.

The 2016 SCOTIABANK GILLER PRIZE gala, hosted by comedian Steve Patterson (CBC Radio One’s The Debaters) and featuring live music from R&B singer Jully Black, will be broadcast from The Ritz-Carlton in downtown Torontoon CBC and live-streamed at on Monday, November 7 at 9 p.m. (10 AT/10:30 NT), culminating with the announcement of this year’s Scotiabank Giller Prize winner.


About the Scotiabank Giller Prize
The Scotiabank Giller Prize strives to highlight the very best in Canadian fiction year after year. The prize awards $100,000 annually to the author of the best Canadian novel or short story collection published in English and $10,000 to each of the finalists. The award is named in honour of the late literary journalist Doris Giller and was founded in 1994 by her husband, Toronto businessman Jack Rabinovitch. Visit us at

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