The longlist for the Giller Prize 2009 was announced yesterday. The Giller prize is awarded annually to the best Canadian fiction. The titles to make it through were:
- The Year of the Flood – Margaret Atwood
- The Incident Report – Martha Bailie
- The Disappeared – Kim Echlin
- The Heart Specialist – Claire Holden Rothman
- The Color of Lighting – Paulette Jiles
- The Factory Voice – Jeanette Lynes
- The Golden Mean – Annabel Lyon
- The Bishop’s Man – Linden MacIntyre
- Fall – Colin McAdam
- The Winter Vault – Anne Michaels
- Valmiki’s Daughter – Shani Mootoo
- The Mistress of Nothing – Kate Pullinger
The only authors I had heard of were Anne Michaels and Margaret Atwood, but a quick browse through the list of previous books to make the shortlist revealed a lot of ones that I not only recognised, but also loved. Although I am not planning to read the entire longlist, or even the shortlist when it is announced on 6th October, I am going to pay much more attention to this prize in the future.
I am planning to read a few books shortlisted for the Giller prize soon.
Next week I am going to read De Niro’s Game by Rawi Hage. This was originally recommended to me by Claire from Kiss a Cloud. It won the 2008 International IMPAC Literary Award, but I didn’t realise it had been shortlisted for the Giller as well.
I am also planning to read Alligator by Lisa Moore soon. I discovered it at a car boot sale and loved the cover and blurb. I have never heard anyone mention it before though – have you read Alligator?
On twitter yesterday we were discussing the Giller prize; Nymeth recommended Monkey Beach by Eden Robinson and Claire recommended The Garneau Block by Todd Babiak. I ordered both, so I’ll get round to reading them at some point too.
I’d like to remind you that my favourite book won the Giller Prize in 2001. If you haven’t read A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry yet – you are missing out!
Do you follow the Giller Prize?
Which is your favourite book from the Giller Prize shortlists?