Giller Literary Prize CanadaIn a morning press conference that drew over 100 media and members of the publishing industry on October 4, 2011, the Scotiabank Giller Prize announced its 2011 shortlist.  The six finalists were selected by an esteemed jury panel made up of award-winning Canadian writer and 2009 Scotiabank Giller Prize finalist Annabel Lyon; American author, memoirist and Guggenheim fellow Howard Norman; and acclaimed UK playwright and prize-winning novelist Andrew O’Hagan. The shortlist was winnowed down from an unprecedented longlist of 17 books. The original field of submissions was a record-breaking 143 titles put forward by 55 publishing houses from every region of the country.

The 2011 Scotiabank Giller Prize finalists are:

  • David Bezmozgis for his novel THE FREE WORLD, published by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.
  • Lynn Coady for her novel THE ANTAGONIST, published by House of Anansi Press
  • Patrick deWitt for his novel THE SISTERS BROTHERS, published by House of Anansi Press
  • Esi Edugyan for her novel HALF-BLOOD BLUES, published by Thomas Allen Publishers
  • Zsuzsi Gartner for her short story collection BETTER LIVING THROUGH PLASTIC EXPLOSIVES, published by Hamish Hamilton Canada
  • Michael Ondaatje for his novel THE CAT’S TABLE, published by McClelland & Stewart

Hosting this morning’s press conference was CBC Television’s award-winning investigative journalist and 2009 Scotiabank Giller Prize winner Linden MacIntyre.  Jack Rabinovitch, founder of the Giller Prize, spoke at the event as did Duncan Hannay, Scotiabank Senior Vice-President, Canadian Marketing, as well as Kirstine Stewart, Executive Vice President CBC English Services.

Jian Ghomeshi, host of CBC’s arts and culture program Q, will preside over the Scotiabank Giller Prize gala on November 8th at the Four Seasons Hotel in downtown Toronto where a winner will be announced. The gala will air live on CBC’s Bold TV at 9:00 p.m. ET and will be rebroadcast at 11:00 p.m. on CBC Television. It will also be livestreamed on CBC Books with a concurrent live chat.

CBC Books launched a new contest with today’s announcement of the Scotiabank Giller Prize shortlist. Canadians are invited to “Guess the Giller” for a chance to win a visit from the author who takes home the prize on November 8th. Please visit www.cbc.ca/books/scotiabankgillerprize/contests/ for more information.