Literary award season is here! I am always curious to view the shortlists for the major literary awards … it is gratifying to have read or “discovered” some of the titles before they receive a lot of hype.
The Giller Prize was founded in 1994 and recognizes excellence in Canadian fiction. The prize money has grown to $50,000 (the largest endowment for literature in the country). It hardly compares to the purse at a major sporting event, but at least literary award winners have the potential to increase their retail sales exponentially and receive international recognition.
The Giller shortlist nominees are:
- Will Ferguson, 419
- Alix Ohlin, Inside
- Nancy Richler, The Imposter Bride
- Kim Thúy, Ru
- Russell Wangersky, Whirl Away
The Canada Council For The Arts website indicates that the Governor General’s Literary Awards are given annually to the best English-language and the best French-language book in each of the seven categories of Fiction, Literary Non-fiction, Poetry, Drama, Children’s Literature (text), Children’s Literature (illustration) and Translation (from French to English).
Each laureate receives $25,000 and a specially crafted copy of the winning book. In addition, publishers of winning titles receive a $3,000 grant for the promotion of the prize-winning book. Non-winning finalists each receive $1,000.
The Governor General’s Literary Awards Finalists for Fiction are:
Place a hold on a library copy of these books today and pick your own award-winning title…