Gary Barwin and Emma Donoghue, both former Western Writers-in Residence, were among six authors named to the 2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize shortlist, announced last week. A third title named to the list was published by Windsor, Ont.-based Biblioasis, founded and operated by Western alumnus Dan Wells.
The six titles were chosen from a longlist of 12 books announced on Sept. 7. One hundred and sixty-one titles were submitted by 69 publisher imprints from every region of the country.
CBC Radio’s Matt Galloway hosted the special event along with jury members Lawrence Hill, Jeet Heer, Samantha Harvey, Kathleen Winter and Alan Warner.
The books shortlisted for the 2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize are:
- Mona Awad, 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl (Penguin Canada);
- Gary Barwin, Yiddish for Pirates (Random House Canada );
- Emma Donoghue, The Wonder (HarperCollins Publishers Ltd);
- Catherine Leroux, The Party Wall (Biblioasis International Translation Series, translated by Lazer Lederhendler);
- Madeleine Thien, Do Not Say We Have Nothing (Alfred A. Knopf Canada) and
- Zoe Whittall, The Best Kind of People (House of Anansi Press Inc.).
The 2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize gala, hosted by Steve Patterson, will air on CBC and be live-streamed at CBCBooks.ca on Nov. 7.