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14 titles announced for Giller longlist, including first graphic novel

Fourteen titles have been longlisted for the 2020 Scotiabank Giller Prize. The winning author will receive $100,000 and the five shortlisted authors will each receive $10,000. Canadian novels and short-fiction collections published between Oct. 1, 2019 and Sept. 30, 2020, are eligible for this year’s prize.

The jury, consisting of Mark Sakamoto, Eden Robinson, David Chariandy, Tom Rachman, and Claire Armitstead, read 117 submissions to determine the 14-title longlist. The shortlist will be announced Oct. 5 with the winner to be announced during a live awards gala, which will air on CBC in November. The gala will be hosted by Jann Arden for the second consecutive year.

The 2020 Giller jury (clockwise from top left): Claire Armitstead, David Chariandy, Tom Rachman, Mark Sakamoto, and Eden Robinson

This year for the first time, graphic novels were considered for the Giller. Seth’s collected “picture novel” Clyde Fans, the culmination of the long-running series he began publishing in instalments in 1998, holds the distinction of being the first graphic novel to be longlisted for the prize. Though Clyde Fans was published in April 2019, outside of the eligibility period, Seth’s epic work was given a special exception as it was published in the months leading up to the Giller’s announcement that graphic novels would be eligible for the 2020 award.

The full longlist follows.

  • Ridgerunner, Gil Adamson (House of Anansi Press)
  • Here the Dark, David Bergen (Biblioasis)
  • Watching You Without Me, Lynn Coady (House of Anansi Press)
  • All I Ask, Eva Crocker (House of Anansi Press)
  • The Pull of the Stars, Emma Donoghue (HarperCollins)
  • Butter Honey Pig Bread, Francesca Ekwuyasi (Arsenal Pulp Press)
  • Five Little Indians, Michelle Good (HarperCollins)
  • Dominoes At The Crossroads, Kaie Kellough (Véhicule Press)
  • Indians on Vacation, Thomas King (HarperCollins)
  • Consent, Annabel Lyon (Random House of Canada)
  • Polar Vortex, Shani Mootoo (Book*hug Press)
  • The Glass Hotel, Emily St. John Mandel (HarperCollins)
  • Clyde Fans, Seth (Drawn & Quarterly)
  • How to Pronounce Knife, Souvankham Thammavongsa (McClelland & Stewart)