The Giller jury revealed the 13 titles on this year’s long list, an eclectic group which includes only one previous nominee — Annabel Lyon, who was shortlisted in 2009 for The Golden Mean and returns to the long list with her follow-up The Sweet Girl. Notable exclusions are previous winners who had eligible books this year, such as David Bergen, Vincent Lam, Linden MacIntyre, and two-time winner M.G. Vassanji.
The nominees are:
· Marjorie Celona for her novel Y, published by Hamish Hamilton Canada
· Lauren B. Davis for her novel Our Daily Bread, published by HarperCollins Canada
· Cary Fagan for his short story collection My Life Among the Apes, published by Cormorant Books
· Will Ferguson for his novel 419, published by Viking Canada
· Robert Hough for his novel Dr. Brinkley’s Tower, published by House of Anansi Press
· Billie Livingston for her novel One Good Hustle, published by Random House Canada
· Annabel Lyon for her novel The Sweet Girl, published by Random House Canada
· Alix Ohlin for her novel Inside, published by House of Anansi Press
· Katrina Onstad for her novel Everybody Has Everything, published by McClelland & Stewart
· CS Richardson for his novel The Emperor of Paris, published by Doubleday Canada
· Nancy Richler for her novel The Imposter Bride, published by HarperCollins Canada
· Kim Thúy for her novel Ru, translated by Sheila Fischman, published by Random House Canada
· Russell Wangersky for his short story collection Whirl Away, published by Thomas Allen Publishers
The shortlist will be announced at a press conference on Oct. 1 and the winner at a gala ceremony on Oct. 30. The Scotiabank Giller Prize is named in honour of the late literary journalist Doris Giller and was founded in 1994 by her husband, Toronto businessman Jack Rabinovitch.
This year’s jury is made up of Irish author and screen writer Roddy Doyle, Canadian publisher, writer and essayist Anna Porter, and American author and satirist Gary Shteyngart.
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