Eric Dupont recalls the moment he learned he was a Scotiabank Giller Prize finalist
The Montreal author of Songs for the Cold of Heart gathered with his fellow finalists recently on stage at Calgary's Wordfest for a special Scotiabank Giller Prize panel, hosted by The Next Chapter's Shelagh Rogers.
The phone call that changed everything
"To learn I was on the shortlist was, in a word, thrilling. I'm still stunned. I initially found out about it by a phone call from my translator Peter McCambridge. I was sleeping at the time, so I was wondering why he was calling me so early and why he was talking so fast given that he's a very soft-spoken person. And in the salad of words that he was belching out, I heard the word Giller — and that's how I found out!"
Why he writes
"I wrote Songs for the Cold of Heart because I come from a family of storytellers and I don't have my own children to tell stories to. When I was writing the book I was thinking a lot about my nieces and nephews. I have a story to tell and the need to play the role of the storyteller."
Eric Dupont's comments have been edited for length and clarity.
- French Exit by Patrick deWitt
- Songs for the Cold of Heart by Eric Dupont, translated by Peter McCambridge
- Washington Black by Esi Edugyan
- Motherhood by Sheila Heti
- An Ocean of Minutes by Thea Lim
The winner will be announced on Nov. 19, 2018. Here's how you can tune into the broadcast.