September was a big month for literary awards. England’s Man Booker shortlist and Canada’s Scotiabank Giller shortlist have been announced. The Scotiabank Giller Prize is open to Canadian authors and the winner will be awarded $50,000 while each shortlisted finalist will receive $5,000. This is the Giller’s 17th year in existence and for the second time in Giller history, two non-Canadian jurors have been selected. American professor and author Claire Messud and UK writer Ali Smith join Canadian journalist and broadcaster, Michael Enright. For over the six months the jurors have read and re-read over 98 titles before settling on this year’s nominees. The winner will be announced on Tuesday, November 9th at a Gala in Toronto.
Enter our contest with your suggestions! Every entry will receive a $5.00 gift coupon for any Bookclub-in-a-Box product. A special Giller draw will be held on Tuesday, November 9th. If your guess matches the winning book, we will send you our unique Bookclub-in-a-Box coffee mug. That way you can enjoy a hot drink while reading your novel.
See below for the complete list of nominees, which includes Douglas Coupland who partook in a documentary produced by Rob Cohen entitled Souvenir of Canada. Come see Rob Cohen speak about his film at the Bookclub-in-a-Box activity centre on November 18th 2010.
David Bergen The Matter With Morris, Phyllis Bruce Books/Harper Collins Publishers Ltd. (SHORTLISTED)
Douglas Coupland Player One, House of Anansi Press
Michael Helm Cities of Refuge, McClelland & Stewart
Alexander MacLeod Light Lifting, Biblioasis (SHORTLISTED)
Avner Mandelman The Debba, Other Press/Random House of Canada
Tom Rachman The Imperfectionists, The Dial Press/Random House of Canada
Sarah Selecky The Cake is for the Party, Thomas Allen Publishers (SHORTLISTED)
Johanna Skibsrud The Sentimentalists, Gaspereau Press (SHORTLISTED)
Cordelia Strube Lemon , Coach House Books
Joan Thomas Curiosity, McClelland & Stewart
Jane Urquhart Sanctuary Line, McClelland & Stewart
Dianne Warren Cool Water, Phyllis Bruce Books/Harper Collins Publishers Ltd.
Kathleen Winter Annabel, House of Anansi Press (SHORTLISTED)
While 9 out of the 13 authors are first time nominees, there are some returning veterans. Michael Helm was shortlisted for The Projectionist in 1997. Douglas Coupland was long-listed in 2006 for JPod, a novel that was subsequently turned into a television series. David Bergen is a former Giller Prize winner. In 2005 he won with his novel The Time in Between. He was also long-listed in 2008 for The Retreat. The nominee who is perhaps the most acquainted with the Giller prize is former Giller jury member Jane Urquhart. She has judged alongside Mordecai Richler in 1995 and Margaret Atwood in 2000. In 2001 she was shortlisted for her novel The Stone Carvers.
Who do you think will win the big prize?