The 2017 Scotiabank Giller Prize Shortlist
The shortlist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize has just been announced and includes: Rachel Cusk for her novel Transit, published by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, Ed O'Loughlin for his novel, Minds of Winter, published by House of Anansi Press, Michael Redhill for his novel, Bellevue Square, published by Doubleday Canada, Eden Robinson for her novel, Son of a Trickster, published by Alfred A. Knopf Canada, and Michelle Winters for her novel, I Am a Truck, published by Invisible Publishing.
The prize jury wrote of their 2017 selection that it was: "... a year of outliers, of books that were eccentric, challenging or thrillingly strange, books that took us to amusing or disturbing places. In fact, you could say that the exceptional was one of 2017’s trends. It gave the impression of a world in transition: searching inward as much as outward, wary but engaged.”
The literary community in Canada today is doubtless thinking of the prize's founder, Toronto businessman Jack Rabinovitch, who passed away this summer at age 87. Named in honor of his wife, who was a books editor, the $100,000 prize, the most sizeable Canadian literary award, has been responsible for boosting the careers of authors and shining a spotlight on Canadian fiction. Each shortlist finalist will receive $10,000.