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The Countdown to the Giller is On!

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Autumn is an exciting season in Canadian literature, with some of our biggest and most high profile prizes being announced in September, October and November. As an Adult Fiction selector for the library, and an avid reader, I am always eager to see which books will make it onto the various lists--and then watch their popularity soar. On Monday, October 2nd, the shortlist for the biggest literary prize in Canada, the Scotiabank Giller prize, will be announced. The longlist, which was announced a few weeks ago, is an interesting one this year, with several new faces and diverse themes and genres. I have no predictions to make regarding the shortlist or the ultimate winner, but my personal favourite so far is Son of a Trickster by Eden Robinson. Son of a Trickster is hilarious and heartbreaking, realistic and magical--the story of a teenage boy in a tough family situation who discovers that the supernatural figures in the traditional tales of his Haisla culture are real, and all around him. I loved it! If you've got a favourite, or a prediction to make, feel free to share it in the comments. 

You can watch the shortlist announcement live on the CBC Books Facebook page:


Scotiabank Giller Prize Longlist 2017by allison_library