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Giller Prize doubles purse to $140,000, announces longlist

GIller founder Jack Rabinovitch (photo: Tom Sandler)

Giller founder Jack Rabinovitch (photo: Tom Sandler)

Twelve authors vying for this year’s Scotiabank Giller Prize will be competing for the largest purse in the literary award’s 21-year history.

At today’s longlist announcement at Montreal’s McGill University, Giller founder Jack Rabinovitch announced that, starting this year, the winner will receive $100,000, with $10,000 presented to each of the four finalists. The doubling of the prize makes the Giller the richest fiction award in Canada.

Selected from 161 titles submitted by 63 publishers, this year’s nominated books will be competing for a place on the shortlist, to be announced Oct. 6. For the first time, Toronto’s ECW Press is in the running, thanks to two debut novels, Arjun Basu’s Waiting for the Man and Jennifer LoveGrove’s Watch How We Walk.

In addition to the award gala, which takes place Nov. 10 in Toronto, Rabinovitch also announced a new series of cross-Canada events featuring the shortlisted authors. Between the Pages: An Evening with the Scotiabank Giller Prize Finalists will take place in Halifax (Oct. 20), Toronto (Nov. 3), and Vancouver (Nov. 6).

Here is the complete longlist, as selected by jurors Shauna Singh Baldwin, Justin Cartwright, and Francine Prose: