This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Scotiabank Giller Prize, currently the country’s richest prize for fiction. To mark the occasion, the Giller administration is making some changes, including one that will likely come as a welcome surprise to many people.
One significant change involves the announcement of the longlist, which will take place this year in a location outside Toronto. The longlist will be revealed on Sept. 16 at the University of British Columbia’s Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver. Co-hosted by the Vancouver International Writer’s Festival and the UBC Creative Writing Program, this year’s event “underscores the wealth of talent fostered by creative writing programs across the country,” according to a press release.
But the big news is that for the first time in Giller history (or in the history of any major Canadian literary prize, for that matter), the Giller jury “ composed of novelists Margaret Atwood, Esi Edugyan, and Jonathan Lethem “ will appear at a public event to discuss their process in deciding on the longlist. The event, called “Behind the Curtain,” will be hosted by CBC’s Jian Ghomeshi, and will take place on Oct. 7 at the Manulife Centre Indigo in Toronto.
The Giller jury will announce the shortlist on Oct. 8 and crown the eventual winner at a gala on Nov. 5. Both events will occur in Toronto.