- Today, in a morning press conference that drew over 100 media
and members of the publishing industry, The Scotiabank Giller Prize
announced its 2006 shortlist. Selected by an esteemed jury panel
comprised of The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson and distinguished
Canadian authors Alice Munro and Michael Winter, the five finalists
were chosen from 101 books submitted for consideration by 36 publishing
houses from every region of the country.
The jury named the finalists. They are:
- Rawi Hage
for his novel De Niro’s
Game, published by House of Anansi Press
Lam for his short story collection, Bloodletting
& Miraculous Cures, published by Doubleday Canada
Quiviger for her novel The
Perfect Circle, translation by Sheila Fischman, published
by Cormorant Books
Soucy for his novel The
Immaculate Conception, translation by Lazer Lederhendler,
published by House of Anansi Press
- Carol Windley
for her short story collection, Home
Schooling, published by Cormorant
Jack Rabinovitch, who founded the Prize in
1994 in memory of his late wife, literary journalist Doris Giller,
spoke at the press conference. He was joined by jurors Adrienne
Clarkson and Michael Winter who announced the shortlist.
CTV is the broadcast partner for The Scotiabank Giller Prize for
the second year in a row. CTV personality Seamus O'Regan will reprise
his role as host of the prize gala and broadcast this year. Additional
details regarding the broadcast will be announced soon.
This is the second year of the partnership between The Giller Prize
and Scotiabank. John Doig, Senior Vice-President, Marketing, Domestic
Personal Banking, Scotiabank, was at the news conference and said:
“Literature is a cornerstone for arts and culture in Canada
and Scotiabank is proud to support and celebrate the literary accomplishments
and aspirations of Canadian writers. This relationship reinforces
our commitment to the literary community.”
In September of 2005, Jack Rabinovitch announced
that Scotiabank would become the first ever co-sponsor of Canada’s
richest literary award for fiction. Under the new agreement, the
prize became known as The Scotiabank Giller Prize. As a result of
the bank’s involvement, the prize purse doubled, growing to
Cdn$50,000 with $40,000 going to the winner, and $2,500 being given
to each of the four finalists.
This year, the finalists will be honoured
and a winner announced at a gala black tie dinner and awards ceremony
to be held at Toronto’s Four Seasons Hotel on November 7th.
the Giller’ Promotion
The Scotiabank Giller Prize is pleased to be partnering with public
libraries across the country for the fourth annual ‘Guess
the Giller’ promotion. The promotion began with the Toronto
Public Library through a pilot project in 2003. Today, the promotion
is running in 17 libraries across Canada. The first two winning
entries at each library will receive the entire 2006 shortlist library.
Scotiabank will also run its own Guess the Giller contest through
its 950 branches across the country.
International Festival of Authors
For the third year in a row, the Scotiabank Giller Prize finalists
will have the honour of reading at the IFOA’s Closing Night
on Saturday, October 28th. For more information, please visit www.readings.org.
On the same day, starting at 3pm, the finalists have been invited
to participate in a LongPen™ signing from Harbourfront Centre
into the Nicholas Hoare bookstore on Greene Ave. in Montreal. Operating
over the Internet, the Margaret Atwood-invented LongPen™,
allows authors to interact with readers via video conferencing and
sign autographs anywhere in the world without actually being there
in person. Please visit www.longpen.com
for more details.
On Giller night, November 7th – and for the fifth year in
a row – Frontier College will host The Giller Light Bash,
to be held at The Steamwhistle Brewery. Their goal is to raise funds
to help children and youth improve their reading and writing skills
through an expansion of Frontier College’s HomeworkClubs and
after-school literacy programs for inner-city students. To date,
the Giller Light Bash has raised over $40,000 for Frontier College.
Please visit www.gillerlight.ca
for more information.
Scotiabank is committed to supporting
the communities in which we live and work, both in Canada and abroad.
Recognized as a leader internationally and among Canadian corporations
for its charitable donations and philanthropic activities, in 2005
the Bank provided more than $40 million in sponsorships and donations
to a variety of projects and initiatives, primarily in the areas
of healthcare, education and social services. Scotiabank is on the
World Wide Web at www.scotiabank.com.
CTV is the proud broadcast partner for the
Scotiabank Giller Prize. Like The JUNO Awards and Canada's Walk
of Fame, the Scotiabank Giller Prize is an integral part of CTV's
winning broadcast schedule and its lineup of nation-building programs.
The Scotiabank Giller Prize awards
$40,000 annually to the author of the best Canadian novel or short
story collection published in English and $2,500 to each of the
finalists. The Scotiabank Giller Prize is named in honour of the
late literary journalist Doris Giller and was founded in 1994 by
her husband Toronto businessman Jack Rabinovitch.
ABOUT THE 2006 SCOTIABANK
GILLER PRIZE FINALISTS
DE NIRO’S GAME
House of Anansi Press
Hage’s first novel tells the tale of two young men trying
to survive in the carnage of civil war in Beirut, Lebanon. Best
friends since childhood, Bassam and George are faced with two choices
for survival; to leave their home and take a chance in a foreign
city, or join the corrupt militia and gain a foothold in war-torn
Beirut. Bassam becomes obsessed with leaving the city, and commits
a series of petty crimes to finance his departure. George amasses
power in the militia-ruled underworld and lives a life of military
service, crime for profit, killing and drugs. Ultimately, their
separate paths explosively and tragically collide.
Rawi Hage was born in Beirut, Lebanon,
and lived through nine years of the Lebanese civil war. He immigrated
to Canada in 1992. He is a writer, visual artist, and curator. His
writing has appeared in Fuse Magazine, Mizna, Jouvert, The Toronto
Review and many others, and his visual art has been shown in galleries
and museums around the world. Rawi Hage currently lives in Montreal.
BLOODLETTING & MIRACULOUS
this series of stories, Vincent Lam investigates both the common
and extraordinary moral dilemmas of our times. Relationships develop
among a group of young doctors as they move from the challenges
of medical school to the intense world of emergency rooms, Evac
missions and terrifying new viruses. In ‘How to Get into Medical
School’, the impulsive Fitz and the ultra-rational Ming explore
a relationship that is tested not only by a disapproving family
but by the extraordinary commitment each must make as medical students.
In ‘Take All of Murphy’, three students face the challenge
of their first dissection of a corpse – and decide whether
to follow their anatomy textbook or whether keeping a tattoo intact
is more important.
Vincent Lam was born in London, Ontario
and grew up in Ottawa. His family is from the expatriate Chinese
community of Vietnam. Vincent Lam is a doctor who did his medical
training in Toronto and is an emergency physician who also does
international evacuation work. His non-fiction writing has appeared
in The Globe and Mail, the National Post and the University of Toronto
Medical Journal. Lam’s first novel will be published by Doubleday
in 2007. He and his wife live in Toronto.
THE PERFECT CIRCLE
Translation by Sheila Fischman
vacationing in Italy, Marianne meets and falls madly in love with
Marco, an older man who lives in a small village in Tuscany. He
has a habit of leaving Marianne to spend her days alone, creeping
back into her life on the occasional evening for a meal, conversation
and tenderness. Despite these mysterious lapses, Marianne, upon
returning home to Montreal, cannot get Marco out of her head. She
realizes that he is her one true love. She returns to Italy indefinitely
to pursue her passion. She soon discovers that the ‘quaint’
Tuscan village is simply small. Marco, it becomes clear, is very
much a mama’s boy, and the love she thought would conquer
all, falls woefully short of her expectations.
Quiviger is the author of two books, both of which were published
by Les Éditions de L’instant meme. The first, Ni Sols,
ni ciels, a collection of short stories, was published in 2001.
The second, Le cercle parfait, was published in 2004 to universal
acclaim. Born in Montreal, Quiviger holds a Master’s Degree
in Philosophy and a degree in Fine Arts. She lives in England and
Italy, where she paints, writes and teaches visual arts. Her work
has been exhibited in both Canada and Italy. She is married and
has a daughter.
A native of Saskatchewan, Sheila Fischman
was educated in Toronto, and subsequently moved to Quebec. Fischman’s
list of translations from the French includes some 80 translations
from French to English, principally of novels by contemporary Quebec
writers such as Yves Beauchemin, Lise Bissonnette, Marie-Claire
Blais and Anne Hébert. She has received numerous prizes,
was a two-time (1974 and 1984) winner of the Canada Council Translation
Prize; won the Governor General's Translation Prize in 1998 for
Michel Tremblay's Les vues animées; won the Félix-Antoine
Savard twice; and was the winner of the IBBY Award for translation
in 1998. Fischman was invested with the Order of Canada in 2000.
THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION
Translation by Lazer Lederhendler
House of Anansi Press
Montreal is the backdrop for this English translation of Gaétan
Soucy’s first novel, originally published in French in 1994.
It is the mid-1920’s in the city’s working class parish
of Nativite. A popular restaurant, the Grill aux Alouettes, is razed
to the ground by an arsonist. Seventy five people perish in the
inferno. While strolling with his wheelchair-ridden father, a man
furtively salvages a charred icon from the ruins. He is Remouald
Tremblay, a self-effacing bank clerk whose pocket holds a treasured
rabbit’s foot and whose memory contains an unspeakable hell.
This is the story of lives so ordinary, they verge on the grotesque,
coming alive in characters like the clubfooted schoolteacher, a
demonic fire chief, a demented lumberjack, a pianist and a mortician.
Originally published in 1994 as L’Immaculée
conception, this is the novel that established Gaéten Soucy
as a powerful new literary force in Quebec. Soucy has written four
novels, all to rave reviews in Quebec and abroad. He studied physics
at l’Université de Montréal, completed a Master’s
degree in philosophy and studied Japanese language and literature
at McGill University. Gaétan Soucy lives and works in Montreal.
Lazer Lederhendler was a finalist for
the Governor General’s Award for Translation in 1999 and 2002.
He teaches English in Montreal.
seven stories are framed against the rural landscape of Vancouver
Island and the cities of the Pacific Northwest. The memories and
dreams of characters are examined, revealing them in full as diverse
and unforgettable individuals confronting their own sorrows and
triumphs. In ‘Sand and Frost’, a young girl faces up
to a brutal, violent family tragedy. In ‘The Reading Elvis’,
Graham finds himself lost in a world of challenging multiplicity,
as figures from the present and the past appear and disappear, as
if mischievously illustrating for his benefit Nietzsche’s
Law of Eternal Return. In the title story, Annabel and the rest
of her family struggles to assert their independence from her father
and his vision of what their lives should be.
Carol Windley is the author of the
award-winning collection of short stories, Visible Light, and the
acclaimed novel, Breathing Underwater. Visible Light, her debut
collection, won the 1993 Bumbershoot Award (Weyehauser’s fiction
prize) and was nominated for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize as well
as the Governor General’s Literary Award. Windley’s
fiction has been published in literary magazines across Canada,
including The Malahat Review, Event Magazine, and Descant. In 2002,
she won a Western Magazine Award for ‘What Saffi Knows’,
the opening story in Home Schooling. Born on Vancouver Island, Windley
has taught at Malaspina College, and now lives in Nanaimo with her
September 11, 2006 (Toronto, ON)
– The 2006 Scotiabank Giller Prize jury today announced its
longlisted finalists for this year. The first-ever longlist of 15
books was selected from 101 titles submitted by 36 publishers from
every region of Canada.
The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson and
distinguished Canadian authors Alice Munro and Michael Winter comprise
the 2006 Scotiabank Giller Prize jury panel.
Of the longlist, the jury writes:
“The selection of this year’s
books is a revelation. Our country and its writers, who not only
populate every region but also demonstrate their differing sensibilities,
help us to understand ourselves and give us clarity and hope.”
The 2006 Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist
is as follows:
The shortlist for this year’s Scotiabank
Giller Prize will be announced at a news conference on Tuesday,
October 3 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto. The finalists will
be honoured and a winner announced at a gala black tie dinner and
awards ceremony to be held on November 7th.
The Scotiabank Giller Prize
awards $40,000 annually to the author of the best Canadian novel
or short story collection published in English and $2,500 to each
of the finalists. The Scotiabank Giller Prize is named in honour
of the late literary journalist Doris Giller and was founded in
1994 by her husband Toronto businessman Jack Rabinovitch.