Sep 18, 2017
By Christine Ross
The longlist for the prestigious Giller Prize has been announced and the jury says there were trends and themes that run through the final 12: the plight of the marginalized, the ongoing influence of history on the present, the way it feels to grow up in our country and the way the world looks to the psychologically damaged. The jury also says 2017 is a year of outliers. There are books that were eccentric, challenging or thrillingly strange and books that took the reader to amusing or distrubing places. The prestigious Giller Prize was established by Jack Rabinovitch in 1994, the year after the death of his wife, Doris Giller, and was created as an enduring tribute to the late literary journalist. Rabinovitch died last month at the age of 87. The prize awards $100,000 dollars to the winner and $10,000 to the other finalists, and is billed as the richest fiction prize in Canada. The shortlist will be announced on Monday October 2nd.
Click here for a complete list of the longlist nominees.