I was lucky to attend the Giller Light Bash last evening where a bunch of amazing publishing industry folks and readers joined together at the Berkley Church in Toronto to watch the results of the 2010 Scotiabank Giller Prize, while enjoying some pizza, beer and utilizing the AWESOME photobooth that they had set up (it was so rad!)
This was my first time attending the Giller Light Bash and I was eager all day to get to the event and be around the exciting buzz that surrounds the Giller Light Prize. Packed in a venue with gifts that could be won if you bought raffle tickets and an incredible energy, I can’t think of a better way to spend my evening. There was a huge screen up in the room that was on the entire evening keeping us informed of what authors were in attendance at the Giller Prize event, many faces kept popping up on the screen throughout the evening, Margaret Atwood, Lloyd Robertson, to name a few. They had fabulous people introduce each candidate as well, Anne Murray, Jim Cuddy, Barbara Ameil Black, Linda MacIntyre and Lisa LaFlamme. Another wonderful element of the evening was the updated twitter feeds that each of us contributed to, on more than one occasion. If you were to use the trending topic #GillerLight, your tweet would show up on the big screen for the whole bash to see. It was a really great element that got everyone to tweet and be famous for about 4 seconds!
The candidates for the evening were:
Then came time for the big announcement on who won and the crowd quieted down to hear the results:
The WINNER was Johanna Skibsrud for “The Sentimentalists” !!!!
Many people that I was standing with were quite shocked by the results, because Skibsrud had been labelled “the underdog”, so it was so nice to see her take home the prize. Her speech was delightful for a number of reasons, but mostly because it was filled with happiness and pure joy. The publisher of Johanna’s book is the small, but incredible Gaspereau Press, which is located in Kentville, Nova Scotia. Being a Maritimer, this made her win all that much better for me!
The evening was incredible and so much better than I could have ever expected! It was so much fun to be a part of someone’s glory moment and I cannot wait to attend next year’s event!!!