Saturday, October 11, 2008

Opening Creative Space in Canada

The shortlist for Canada's Scotiabank Giller Prize has been announced, and the finalists are :
Joseph Boyden - Through Black Spruce (novel)
Anthony De Sa - Barnacle Love (short stories)
Marina Endicott - Good to a Fault (novel)
Rawi Hage for his novel - Cockroach (novel)
Mary Swan - The Boys in the Trees (novel)

(Read more about all the authors on the website.)

Margaret Atwood who is one of the judges spoke about the power of the Giller to :

... put people into the spotlight who might never have been there. It's astonishing how much talent there is out there. You open up a cultural space like that and I guess I've always said — and have been saying recently — Canada is full of creativity. You make a space for that, for that creativity to be and to flourish, and there it is.
Most of those shortlisted have just one or two novels under their belts.

The winner will be announced on November 11th.

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