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Scotiabank Giller Prize 2014: Longlist Announced

Posted on: September 16th, 2014 by Justin


There’s been so much excitement in the literary world lately! And it just keeps on coming with the announcement of the Longlist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Here’s the list for this year’s contenders:

Arjun Basu - Waiting for the Man published by ECW Press

David Bezmogis - The Betrayers published by HarperCollins Canada

Rivka Galchen - American Innovations published by HarperCollins Canada

Frances Itani - Tell published by HarperCollins Canada

Jennifer LoveGrove - Watch How We Walk published by ECW Press

Sean Michaels - Us Conductors published by Random House Canada

Shani Mootoo - Moving Forward Sideways Like a Crab published by Doubleday Canada

Heather O’Neill - The Girl Who Was Saturday Night published by HarperCollins Canada

Kathy Page - Paradise and Elsewhere published by John Metcalf Books/Biblioasis

Claire Holden Rothman - My October published by Penguin Canada

Miriam Toews - All My Puny Sorrows published by Knopf Canada

Padma Viswanathan - The Ever After of Ashwin Rao published by Random House Canada
And it gets even better with some very exciting news for the Longlisters:  the prize purse has been doubled to $140,000, with $100,00 going to the winner and $10,000to each finalist. That makes the Scotiabank Giller Prize the richest fiction prize in Canada!

Best of luck to all the authors!


The Man Booker 2014: Shortlist Announced!

Posted on: September 10th, 2014 by Justin


September 9th has come and it is now upon us, the Man Booker Shortlist! It won’t be long until we have our finalist now.

The judges praised the ‘depth and range’ of the list, which includes writers from Britain, the United States and Australia.

Here is the Shortlist:

To Rise Again at a Decent Hour
Joshua Ferris (Viking)

The Narrow Road to the Deep North
Richard Flanagan (Chatto & Windus)

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
Karen Joy Fowler (Serpent’s Tail)

,   Howard Jacobson (Jonathan Cape)

The Lives of Others
,  Neel Mukherjee (Chatto & Windus)

How to be Both
Ali Smith (Hamish Hamilton)

The Man Booker 2014: Long List Announced!

Posted on: July 30th, 2014 by Justin



It’s that time of the year again! It’s now tme for the 2014 Man Booker Prize! The longlist has been announced, and here are the candidates:

To Rise Again at a Decent Hour, Joshua Ferris (Viking)

The Narrow Road to the Deep North, Richard Flanagan (Chatto & Windus)

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, Karen Joy Fowler (Serpent’s Tail)

The Blazing World, Siri Hustvedt (Sceptre)

J,   Howard Jacobson (Jonathan Cape)

The Wake, Paul Kingsnorth (Unbound)

The Bone Clocks, David Mitchell (Sceptre)

The Lives of Others,  Neel Mukherjee (Chatto & Windus)

UsDavid Nicholls (Hodder & Stoughton)

The Dog, Joseph O’Neill (Fourth Estate)

Orfeo, Richard Powers (Atlantic Books)

How to be BothAli Smith (Hamish Hamilton)

History of the Rain, Niall Williams (Bloomsbury)

The Man Booker – which is awarded to the best novel of the year in the opinion of the judges – is worth £50,000 to the winner. Previous winners of The Man Booker inclue: The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton, Hilary Mantel for Wolf Hall, and its sequel Bring Up the Bodies, Schindler’s Ark by THomas Keneally and Life of Pi by Yann Martel.

The judges will meet again to decide upon a shortlist of six titles – which will be announced on Tuesday 9th of September. The winning novel will be revealed on October 14th. The judges for this year’s prize are Sarah Churchwell, Daniel Glaser, Jonathan Bate, Alastair Niven and Erica Wagner under the chairmanship of Anthony Grayling.

You can obtain more information about The Man Booker Prize here.

Best of luck to all the nominees, it looks like a real fantastic line up!