One of these lucky Canadian authors will be $100,000 richer when the 2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize is handed out in November.
Twelve titles. Twelve chosen from a field of 161 books submitted by 69 publishers.
Narrowing it down to one winner will be no simple task for this year’s panel of judges: Canadian writers Lawrence Hill, Jeet Heer and Kathleen Winter, along with British author Samantha Harvey and Scottish writer Alan Warner.
The $100,000 prize is handed out to the author of the best Canadian novel or short story collection published in English. An additional $10,000 goes to each of the finalists.
Here, the final twelve:
- Mona Awad for her novel 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl, published by Penguin Canada
- Gary Barwin for his novel Yiddish for Pirates, published by Random House Canada
- Andrew Battershill for his novel Pillow, published by Coach House Books
- David Bergen for his novel Stranger, published by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
- Emma Donoghue for her novel The Wonder, published by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
- Catherine Leroux for her novel The Party Wall, published by Biblioasis International Translation Series, translated by Lazer Lederhendler
- Kathy Page for her story collection The Two of Us, published by A John Metcalf Book, an imprint of Biblioas
- Susan Perly for her novel Death Valley, published by Buckrider Books, an imprint of Wolsak and Wynn Publishers
- Kerry Lee Powell for her story collection Willem De Kooning’s Paintbrush, published by HarperAvenue, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
- Steven Price for his novel By Gaslight, published by McClelland & Stewart
- Madeleine Thien for her novel Do Not Say We Have Nothing, published by Alfred A. Knopf Canada
- Zoe Whittall for her novel The Best Kind of People, published by House of Anansi Press Inc.
This year’s shortlist will be announced at a press event to be held at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto on Monday, September 26, 2016.