Today the Giller Prize Shortlist was announced and since I was sick, I lay in bed hitting refresh and watched as the book community was waiting with baited breath for the CanLit announcement. When the list was finally announced, it was exciting to see that for the first time in a really long time, the list is split 50/50 between two major publishers, Random House of Canada and HarperCollins Canada. The books nominated were:
- David Bezmozgis, The Betrayers (HarperCollins Canada)
- Frances Itani, Tell (HarperCollins Canada)
- Sean Michaels, Us Conductors (Random House Canada)
- Heather O’Neill, The Girl Who Was Saturday Night (HarperCollins Canada)
- Miriam Toews, All My Puny Sorrows (Knopf Canada)
- Padma Viswanathan, The Ever After of Ashwin Rao (Random House Canada)
The lack of small publishers was a bit surprising, but since the longlist was announced, we’ve come to expect some curveballs thrown our way this year. It was previously announced that founder Jack Rabinovitch, had increased the prize to $150,000, the winner will receive $100,000 and the runners up will receive $10,000. It was also exciting to see a sixth book added to the shortlist this morning. We’re all so use to only seeing five titles on the list each year, so it was wonderful to see an additional candidate in the running.
This year, like every year, I’m taking on the challenge of reading all six books. But unlike other years, this year I’m actually going to follow through and read and report my thoughts on all six books. What better way to make a commitment than to put it in writing, right? So, I’m declaring October 26 – October 31st, Reeder’s 6 Days of Giller Prize Shortlist Reading. Be sure to tune in to read a review of each book and hear what I think of each book on the shortlist this year. Here are books I’ll be chatting about on each date.
Please Note: You are more than welcome to join along by posting your thoughts and reactions on the corresponding dates too if you’re interested in reading with me!
The Scotiabank Giller Prize Winner will be announced on CBC Television on Monday, Nov. 10 at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT) with host Jian Ghomeshi of CBC Radio’s Q.