Giller Prize executive director Elana Rabinovitch at the 207 award ceremony.

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2020 Scotiabank Giller Short List

/ BY Kim Honey / October 5th, 2020


Three first-timers, a past winner and a veteran nominee made the short list for the 2020 Scotiabank Giller Prize, which will be awarded Nov. 9 in a virtual gala hosted by Canadian actor Eric McCormack with musical guest Diana Krall.

“We know the world has changed, but the one remaining constant is our love affair with books and our devotion to Canadian authors,” executive director Elana Rabinovitch said today in a virtual announcement. The winner will receive $100,000, the richest prize in Canadian literature.

Former winners Esi Edugyan, Sean Michaels, Madeleine Thien, Elizabeth Hay and Michael Redhill read out the names and titles, as well as excerpts from the panel of judges, which was lead by Mark Sakamoto.

The finalists are: Emily St. John Mandel for The Glass Hotel, David Bergen for Here the Dark, Souvankham Thammavongsa for How to Pronounce Knife, Shani Mootoo for Polar Vortex and Gil Adamson for Ridgerunner.