Expectations will be raised, hopes will be dashed, ooohs will be ooohed and ahhs will be ahhhfuckited. It’s Giller announcement day, the day everyone gets to be ecstatic and/or enraged at the brilliance and/or stupidity of the jury. The Giller has a shiny new award to hand out, one that looks like how most writers actually store their books, and today is going to ensure a handful of hopefuls never get to touch it. You can watch the ceremony live on CBC or on the Giller website. Anyone want to hazard a prediction? It’s hard for me to guess in an unbiased way because I have friends and former students in here, but pressed to answer, I would say Ridgerunner, Five Little Indians, How to Pronounce Knife, Dominoes at the Crossroads, and Here the Dark. That said, my favourite of all these is Indians on Vacation.
Which books will be shortlisted for the 2020 Scotiabank Giller Prize? Find out on Monday, Oct. 5 at 10 a.m. ET!
The $100,000 annually recognizes the best in Canadian fiction.
Here is the full 2020 longlist:
- Ridgerunner by Gil Adamson
Here the Dark by David Bergen
Watching You Without Me by Lynn Coady
All I Ask by Eva Crocker
The Pull of the Stars by Emma Donoghue
Butter Honey Pig Bread by Francesca Ekwuyasi
Five Little Indians by Michelle Good
Dominoes at the Crossroads by Kaie Kellough
Indians on Vacation by Thomas King
Consent by Annabel Lyon
Polar Vortex by Shani Mootoo
The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel
Clyde Fans by Seth
How to Pronounce Knife by Souvankham Thammavongsa