On Monday, the longlist of finalists for the 2017 Scotiabank Giller Prize was announced in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, by Canadian author and 2016 Giller Prize award-winner, Madeleine Thien.
From 112 books that were submitted for consideration by publishing houses from across the country, twelve titles were selected by a five-member jury panel of acclaimed writers – three Canadian (Anita Rau Badami, André Alexis, Lynn Coady), one British (Richard Beard), and one American (Nathan Englander).
In a statement, the jury said about the longlist,”Twenty seventeen was an intriguing year for Canadian fiction. As with any year, there were trends, themes that ran through any number of books: the plight of the marginalized, the ongoing influence of history on the present, the way it feels to grow up in our country, the way the world looks to the psychologically damaged. But 2017 was also a year of outliers, of books that were eccentric, challenging or thrillingly strange, books that took us to amusing or disturbing places. In fact, you could say that the exceptional was one of 2017’s trends. It gave the impression of a world in transition: searching inward as much as outward, wary but engaged.”
2017 Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist nominees
Transit Rachel Cusk
The Bone Mother David Demchuk
We’ll All Be Burnt in Our Beds Some Night Joel Thomas Hynes
Boundary Andrée A. Michaud (translated by Donald Winkler)
Tumbleweed Josip Novakovich
Minds of Winter Ed O’Loughlin
Next Year, For Sure Zoey Leigh Peterson
Bellevue Square Michael Redhill
Son of a Trickster Eden Robinson
The Dark and Other Love Stories Deborah Willis
I Am a Truck Michelle Winters
Shortlisted authors and a special readings series
Five shortlisted authors will be announced on October 2, 2017. Those authors will be in attendance at Between the Pages: An Evening with the Scotiabank Giller Prize Finalists special reading events taking place between October 12 and November 9, 2017. The tour begings with five events taking place at locations across Canada, with the final event taking place in the UK. Each reading will include special guest appearances and entertainment.
October 12 2017 Giller Prize finalists will be showcased during Wordfest, at the National Music Centre in Calgary, Alberta.
October 16 2017 Giller Prize finalists will read at the opening of the Vancouver Writers Festival, at the Vancouver Playhouse, in Vancouver, British Columbia.
October 26 2017 Giller Prize finalists will read at the Halifax Public Library, in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
November 1 2017 Giller Prize finalists will read at The National Gallery of Canada, in Ottawa, Ontario.
November 6 2017 Giller Prize finalists will read at Koerner Hall, in Toronto Ontario.
November 9 2017 Giller Prize finalists will read at Canada House, in London, United Kingdom.
About the Prize
The Scotiabank Giller Prize, founded in 1994, highlights 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 by her husband, the late Toronto businessman Jack Rabinovitch, who passed away in August 2017.
For more information about the 2017 Giller Prize Award and related events, please visit the Scotiabank Giller Prize website.
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