The jury for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, Canada’s largest prize for fiction, announced this year’s shortlist Tuesday morning.
Chosen from a longlist of 13 books and submissions of more than 147 titles from 61 Canadian publishers, the five finalists are:
Going Home Again by Dennis Bock (HarperCollins Canada)
Hellgoing by Lynn Coady (House of Anansi Press)
Cataract City by Craig Davidson (Random House of Canada/Doubleday Canada)
Caught by Lisa Moore (House of Anansi)
The Crooked Maid by Dan Vyleta (HarperCollins Canada)
This year’s jury members are Canadian authors Margaret Atwood, Esi Edugyan and American author Jonathan Lethem. The prize, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, awards C$50,000 annually to the author of the best Canadian novel or short story collection published in English, and C$5,000 to each of the finalists. In addition to the prize itself, the Giller can have a big effect on sales. According to figures from BookNet Canada, the average spike in sales after a Giller win is 543%. Last year's spike for Will Ferguson’s novel 419, published by Penguin Canada, was 497% from the week before the shortlist was announced to the week after, and then 803% from the week before it was announced as the winner to the next.
This year’s winner will be announced at a gala on November 5 that will be broadcast nationally live on CBC.