Scholars to meet at Toronto gala as five writers compete for the $ 100,000 Giller Prize


TORONTO – Canada’s literary cognoscenti pull out their formal attire and brush up on their little conversation as they prepare to reunite for the Scotiabank Giller Prize.

TORONTO – Literary connoisseurs across Canada are pulling out their formal wear and resuming their little chats as they prepare to meet again for the Scotiabank Giller Prize.

One of the five writers will receive the $ 100,000 prize at a televised gala in Toronto this evening.

The nominees are: Omar El Akkad for his novel “What Strange Paradise”, published by McClelland & Stewart; Angélique Lalonde, nominated for her collection of stories “Glorious Frazzled Beings”, published by House of Anansi; Cheluchi Onyemelukwe-Onuobia for his novel “The Son of The House”, published by Dundurn Press, Jordan Tannahill for his novel “The Listeners”, published by HarperCollins Canada; and Miriam Toews for her novel “Fight Night”, published by Knopf Canada.

The black tie affair at the Park Hyatt hotel re-establishes the Giller as the bash of the fall book season after last year’s celebration was held remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic .

Organizers say the guest list has been cut by more than half to facilitate social distancing, and attendees will need to show proof of vaccination to participate in the festivities.

Among the expected personalities are literary legend Margaret Atwood, comedian Rick Mercer, former Ontario Premier Bob Rae, journalist Tanya Talaga and authors Charles Foran, Ian Williams and Catherine Hernandez.

Actor Paul Sun-Hyung Lee and poet Rupi Kaur are co-hosting the festivities, which will include musical performances by jazz artist Denzal Sinclaire and soprano Measha Brueggergosman.

The show will air on CBC and its streaming service Gem at 9 p.m. tonight.

The jury for this year’s award includes Canadian authors Zalika Reid-Benta, Megan Gail Coles and Joshua Whitehead, as well as Malaysian novelist Tash Aw and American author Joshua Ferris.

Le Giller awards $ 100,000 annually to the author of the best Canadian novel, graphic novel or short story published in English, and $ 10,000 to each of the finalists.

The Giller was created by Jack Rabinovitch in 1994 in memory of his late wife, literary journalist Doris Giller.

Last year’s winner was Souvankham Thammavongsa for “How to Pronounce Knife.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on November 8, 2021.

Adina Bresge, The Canadian Press

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