The Scotiabank Giller Prize, which awards C$100,000 prize for the best Canadian novel or short story published in English, has announced its shortlist. The shortlisted books are:
Immigrant City by David Bezmozgis (HarperCollins)
Small Game Hunting at the Local Coward Gun Club by Megan Gail Coles (House of Anansi Press)
The Innocents by Michael Crummey (Doubleday Canada)
Dual Citizens by Alix Ohlin (House of Anansi Press)
Lampedusa by Steven Price (McClelland and Stewart)
Reproduction by Ian Williams (Random House Canada)
In addition to the C$100,000 ($78,000) prize going to the winner, C$10,000 goes to each of the finalists. The winner will be announced at a gala prize ceremony in Toronto on November 18.
This year's shortlist was taken from a longlist of 12 titles. In all, 117 titles were submitted from publishers across the country for consideration. Four of the authors on the 2019 shortlist were either longlisted or shortlisted previously, including David Bezmozgis, Michael Crummey, Alix Ohlin, and Steven Price. Notably absent from this year's shortlist is The Testaments by Margaret Atwood, which was longlisted and is a finalist for the Booker Prize in the U.K.
“This year’s shortlist shows that Canadian fiction is clearly at the top of its game," said Elana Rabinovitch, executive director, Scotiabank Giller Prize. These six books will captivate and enthrall and deserve to be read and read widely. The authors have rightfully earned their spots as finalists for this year’s Scotiabank Giller Prize."