Three novels and two short-story collections have been named to the shortlist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. The winner of the $100,000 prize will be announced Nov. 9 on CBC in a presentation hosted by actor Eric McCormack. Jazz singer Diana Krall will perform as part of the broadcast.
The five finalists were chosen by a jury chaired by Mark Sakamoto that featured authors David Chariandy, Tom Rachman, and Eden Robinson, and The Guardian’s literary critic Claire Armitstead. One-hundred-eighteen books were considered.
Graphic novels were eligible for the first time this year. Seth’s graphic novel Clyde Fans was included on the 14-title longlist but did not qualify for the shortlist.
The five shortlisted books follow.
- Ridgerunner, Gil Adamson (House of Anansi Press)
- Here The Dark, David Bergen (Biblioasis)
- Polar Vortex, Shani Mootoo (Book*hug Press)
- The Glass Hotel, Emily St. John Mandel (HarperCollins)
- How To Pronounce Knife, Souvankham Thammavongsa (McClelland & Stewart)