The shortlist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, which awards $100,000 annually to the author of the best Canadian novel or short story collection published in English, has been unveiled.
Shortlisted authors include Mona Awad for her novel 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl (Penguin Canada); Gary Barwin for Yiddish for Pirates (Random House Canada), Emma Donoghue for The Wonder (HarperCollins); Catherine Leroux for The Party Wall (Biblioasis International Translation Series, translated by Lazer Lederhendler); Madeleine Thien for Do Not Say We Have Nothing (Alfred A. Knopf Canada); and Zoe Whittall for The Best Kind of People (House of Anansi Press).
The six titles were chosen from a longlist of 12 books announced on September 7, and were selected by judges Lawrence Hill, Jeet Heer, Samantha Harvey, Kathleen Winter, and Alan Warner.
Each finalist will receive $10,000. In addition to the $100,000 purse, the winner of the prize will attend a two-week, self-directed residency in Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity‘s exclusive Leighton Artists’ Colony. Banff Centre is Canada’s leading destination for arts training, and is located in the heart of Banff National Park.
The award is named in honor of late Canadian literary journalist Doris Giller, and was founded in 1994 by her husband, Jack Rabinovitch. It is supported by Canadian bank Scotiabank.