3 novels and 2 short stories shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize of $ 100,000


Three novels and two short stories have been shortlisted for the 2020 Scotiabank Giller Prize.The prize of $ 100,000 is the largest prize in Canadian literature.

Former Laureate David Bergen nominated for his short story collection Here the black. He won the Giller Prize in 2005 for his novel Time between, and was shortlisted in 2010 for the novel The Matter with Morris.

The other collection of short stories on the list is How to pronounce the knife by Toronto writer Souvankham Thammavongsa. How to pronounce the knife is Thammavongsa’s first work of fiction, she has also published four collections of poetry.

Thammavongsa is one of three jurors for the 2021 New CBC Award, which is open for submissions until October 31.

The nominated novels are Ridgerunner by Gil Adamson, Polar vortex par Shani Mootoo et Le Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel.

Mootoo had previously been shortlisted for the Giller Prize in 1997 for her first novel Cereus blooms at night,

The shortlist was selected from 118 books submitted for review. A long list of 14 books was revealed in early September.

2020 was the first year that graphic novels were eligible for the award. A graphic novel, Clyde fans by Seth, made the long list.

The long list, the short list and the winner are selected by a jury of five people. Mark Sakamoto, author of Canada readswinning memory Forgiveness, is the president of the jury. The panel also includes Canadian novelists Eden Robinson, David Chariandy and Tom Rachman and British critic Claire Armitstead.

The winner will be announced at a virtual awards ceremony on Monday, November 9. The ceremony will be hosted by actor Eric McCormack and will feature musical guest Diana Krall.

McCormack is a Canadian actor best known for his portrayal of Will Truman in Will and grace. He also starred in television shows Lonely dove, trust me and Perception and on Broadway in shows The man of music and The best man.

The ceremony will air on CBC, CBC Gem and CBC Radio at 9 p.m. local time (11:30 a.m. AT / 12 midnight NT) and will air online on CBC Books, YouTube and Facebook at 9 p.m. ET.

Between the Pages, a virtual event celebrating the 2020 finalists, will take place on Monday, November 2 at 7:30 p.m. It will be animated by qJael Richardson, Book Columnist.

Last year’s winner was the reproduction par Ian Williams.

Other former Giller Prize winners include Esi Edugyan for Washington Black, Michael Redhill pour Place Bellevue, Margaret Atwood for Aka Grace, Mardochée Richler for Barney’s version, Alice Munro for Run away, André Alexis for Fifteen dogs and Madeleine Thien for Don’t say we have nothing.

Get to know the shortlisted books and writers below.

Ridgerunner is a novel by Canadian author Gil Adamson. (Jean-Luc Bertini, House of Anansi)

Ridgerunner is a novel about William Moreland, the notorious thief known as Ridgerunner, as he travels through the Rocky Mountains determined to ensure his son’s financial stability. Her son, Jack Boulton, is trapped in a life that is not his own. Half orphaned and in the care of a nun, Sister Beatrice, Jack found himself in a remote cabin in Alberta. He doesn’t know much, his father comes to get him.

Adamson is a writer and poet. His first novel, L’Outlander, won Amazon.com’s First Novel Award and was Canada reads finalist in 2009, while being defended by Nicholas Campbell. She has published several volumes of poetry, including Primitive and Ashland.

Quote from the Giller Prize jury: “The long-awaited sequel to Gil Adamson’s success L’Outlander pushes the action forward by a decade, sending the 13-year-old son of the original protagonists back to a wooded land where prisoners of World War I now make roads. The proximity of this new type of outlaw presents an existential threat to young Jack, who takes refuge in his parents’ abandoned cabin with a price on his head after escaping the toxic hypocrisies of “civilization.” Drawing richly from both Western fiction and Gothic fiction, Adamson conjures up a mythical landscape to frame the question: how is it possible to live a good life, when obedience to artificial laws is at odds with love, loyalty and the natural world? “

Here and now Toronto6:49Author Gil Adamson on Ridgerunner, his follow-up book to his first novel, The Outlander

Amazon’s First Novel Award, a Canada Reads Finalist, Globe & Mail Book of the Year… that’s just a fraction of the praise that was given to Gil Adamson’s debut novel The Outlander . Great news for fans of this backwoods adventure thriller, the long-awaited sequel has arrived. Ridgerunner just published by House of Anansi press and Gil Adamson joined our Gill Deacon for the Here and Now Tuesday Afternoon Book Club. 6:49

Here the Dark is a novel by David Bergen. (David Bergen, Biblioasis)

In Here the black, David Bergen delivers short stories that intertwine across space, exploring faith, loss, and complex moral ambiguities. From Danang, Vietnam, Honduras and the Canadian Prairies, the book collects tales of place and heart. Here the black includes the story that won the new CBC 1999 award, How can men share a bottle of vodka.

Bergen is a Canadian novelist and short story writer. In 2005, his novel Time between won the Scotiabank Giller Award. His other books include The Matter with Morris, and Foreign in 2016. His novel The age of hope was defended by Ron MacLean on Canada reads in 2013.

Quote from the Giller Prize jury: Time in between – says Bergen among Canada’s most powerful writers. Its pages light up; everything around falls into darkness. ”

Up to speed6:43Winnipeg author back on long list for Giller Award

This is the biggest written price in Canada. Today, the list of nominees for the 2020 Scotiabank Giller Prize was unveiled and Winnipeg author David Bergen made the selection. He joined Marjorie Dowhos on Up to Speed! 6:43

Polar Vortex is a Roman Shani Mootoo. (Ramesh Pooran, Book * hug Press)

Leaving the city behind for the picturesque countryside, Priya and Alexandra attempt to breathe new life into the novel. Polar vortex. That is, until Priya reveals that she is running away from a strained relationship with a friend who has continued to pursue her: Prakash. After Priya feels secure enough to re-establish an online presence, Prakash contacts her. Inexplicably, Priya asks Prakash to visit them.

Mootoo is a writer and visual artist who has been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. His first novel was that of 1997 Cereus blooms at night.

Quote from the Giller Prize jury: “A vivid meditation on the complexities of identity and desire, Polar vortex is the disturbing examination of a failed marriage. In a small town in southern Ontario, Priya impulsively invites an old suitor, Prakesh, over for the night and his arrival triggers rifts in his relationship with Alexandra. Conflicting desires and unspeakable truths drag the past into the present. Memories flow and clash as Mootoo masterfully dismantles the stories the narrators tell each other in language as ruthless as winter.

The next chapter18h02Shani Mootoo on Polar Vortex

Shani Mootoo on her new Polar Vortex novel, about the secrets, lies and half-truths at the heart of a love triangle. 6:02 p.m.

The Glass Hotel est un roman d’Emily St. John Mandel. (HarperCollins, Sarah Shatz)

Emily St. John Mandel’s new book, Le Glass Hotel, intertwines several complex narratives. Vincent is a bartender at a prestigious hotel on Vancouver Island. When the owner – Jonathan Alkaitis – passes his card to Vincent, it becomes the start of their story together. Meanwhile, a hooded figure scribbles a cryptic note on a hotel wall, and an expedition manager for a company called Neptune-Avramidis – Leon Prevant – sees the note and is shaken. Thirteen years later, Vincent disappears from a Neptune-Avramidis ship.

Mandel is a Canadian writer based in New York City. His fourth novel, Station our, was a finalist for a National Book Award and the PEN / Faulkner Award and won the Toronto Book Award 2015.

Quote from the Giller Prize jury: “A boldly lyrical tale echoing the deception and ruin of the 2008 financial crisis, Le Glass Hotel brings together two restless siblings and a multi-billion dollar investor as they each negotiate their ambition, secrets, and downfall in the Money Realm. Connecting the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest, the shops and towers of Manhattan, and the underworld of open water, the novel commands a wide array of characters and a kaleidoscopic plot. Here, in its highly anticipated follow-up to Station our, Emily St. John Mandel turns her gifted attention to the mirages of today and to the truth that we are still haunted by the lives of others. ”

The next chapter16:03Emily St John Mandel sur The Glass Hotel

Emily St John Mandel on The Glass Hotel, her sequel to her breakout novel Station Eleven. 16:03

How To Pronounce Knife is a novel by Souvankham Thammavongsa. (Sarah Bodri, McClelland and Stewart)

How to pronounce the knife is a collection of idiosyncratic and diverse stories, from a young man painting nails in a salon to a housewife learning English from soap operas. Capturing the everyday lives of immigrants, Souvankham Thammavongsa captures their hopes, disappointments, traumas and acts of defiance.

Thammavongsa is a writer and poet. Her stories have won an O. Henry Award and have appeared in Harper’s, Granta, The Paris Review and NOON. She has published four collections of poetry, including that of 2019 Cluster. CBC Books has nominated Thammavongsa as a writer to watch in 2020. She is on the jury for the 2021 CBC News Award.

Quote from the Giller Prize jury: « How to pronounce the knife is a stunning collection of stories that portray the immigrant experience in painfully beautiful prose. The emotional breadth told in this collection is truly remarkable. These stories are vessels of hope, of suffering, of rejection, of loss and of finding a foothold in a new and strange land. Thammavongsa’s fiction goes to the heart of immigrant reality like a knife – no matter how you pronounce it. ”

Mainstreet Cape Breton13:37Cabot Trail Writers Festival: Souvankham Thammavongsa

Souvankham Thammavongsa is a Toronto author and poet. She was nominated for the 2020 Scotiabank Giller Award for “How To Pronounce a Knife”. We talk with her about what it’s like to publish a book during a pandemic. 13:37


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