The longlist for the 2021 Scotiabank Giller Prize has been announced. It includes three short-story collections and nine novels. The jurors read 132 books from which the longlisted titles were selected.
The longlisted authors are:
● Cedar Bower, Astra (McClelland & Stewart)
● Omar El Akkad, What Strange Paradise (McClelland & Stewart)
● Angelique Lalonde, Glorious Frazzled Beings (House of Anansi Press)
● Cheluchi Onyemelukwe-Onuobia, The Son of the House (Dundurn Press)
● Casey Plett, A Dream of a Woman (Arsenal Pulp Press)
● Rachel Rose, The Octopus has Three Hearts (Douglas & McIntyre)
● Linda Rui Feng, Swimming Back to Trout River (Simon & Schuster)
● Jordan Tannahill, The Listeners (HarperCollins Canada)
● Kim Thúy, Em (Random House Canada), translated by Sheila Fischman
● Miriam Toews, Fight Night (Knopf Canada)
● Katherena Vermette, The Strangers (Hamish Hamilton Canada)
● Aimee Wall, We, Jane (Book*hug Press)
The jury, comprised of Canadian authors Zalika Reid-Benta, Megan Gail Coles, and Joshua Whitehead, Malaysian novelist Tash Aw, and American author Joshua Ferris, said each book on the list has “the irrefutable mark of the sublime.”
“This extraordinary dozen showcases an ecstatic diversity of voices and styles, of narrative deployment and moral urgency, of formal innovation and old-fashioned storytelling pleasure,” the jury said in a statement.
The shortlist for the $100,000 prize will be announced on Oct. 5, with the winner to be announced on Nov. 8. The finalists will each receive $10,000.