It’s a fun time in the book world right now!! What I like to call Literary Awards Season with nominations, shortlists & awards being announced for more great prizes than I can keep track of. Top of mind for me is the Scotiabank Giller Prize, The Man Booker Prize, The Governor General’s Literary Awards (GG), Roger’s Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize & of course the Ontario Library Association’s Forest of Reading. These are the prizes that I tend to keep track of in the store when ordering stock and making recommendations to customers.
Of the awards mentioned the Scotiabank Giller Prize is probably the most influential within Canada, leading to sales boosts among winning authors of upwards of 500%! This is called the “Giller Effect” and interestingly enough this fall there was a course offered at Carleton University to study it. Oh how I wish I would have had the time to attend that course, fascinating stuff. In addition to the expected sales increase this year the prize has doubled the purse amount with the winner receiving $100,000 and $10,000 going to each of the finalists.
This year’s jury – Canadian author Shauna Singh Baldwin, British novelist Justin Cartwright and American writer Francine Prose read 161 books. On September 16th a longlist of 12 titles was announced and on October 6th the shortlist finalists were revealed!
Without further ado here is the 2014 Scotiabank Giller Prize Shortlist:
The Betrayers by David Bezmozgis
Tell by Frances Itani
Us Conductors by Sean Michaels
The Girl Who Was Saturday Night by Heather O’Neill
All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews
The Ever After of Ashwin Rao by Padma Viswanathan
The 6 authors nominated range from well established to a first time novelist with varying degrees in between. As always I will attempt to read all of the nominated books and guess the winner which will be announced on Monday, November 10th. I would love to hear predictions so feel free to share your thoughts!