Happy Monday Savvy Readers! Some exciting news just hit the book world, and we wanted you to be among the first to know! Today, the Giller Prize shortlist was announced, and we were thrilled to see that Emily St. John Mandel‘s The Glass Hotel made the list! Here’s what else you need to know.
Founded in 1994, The Giller Prize highlights the very best in Canadian fiction. Since 2005, the prize has teamed up with Scotiabank, and The Scotiabank Giller Prize now awards $100,000 annually to the author of the best Canadian novel or short story collection, and a cozy $10,000 to each of the finalists. This year the jury narrowed down a list of 118 submitted works to the five shortlisted authors announced today!
A boldly lyrical tale that echoes the deceit and ruin of the 2008 financial crisis, Emily St. John Mandel‘s The Glass Hotel brings together two restless siblings and a multi-billion-dollar investor, each negotiating ambition, secrets, and loss within the world of money. Featuring the beauty of Canada’s Northwest, open waters, and Manhattan’s skyscrapers, Mandel’s latest novel is a stunning tribute to her home country and to the truth that we are haunted, always, by the lives of others.
We’re not surprised this incredible novel made the Giller Prize shortlist, and you can bet we’ll be anxiously awaiting the announcement of the winner on November 9th! If you’re as dedicated as we are you can watch the live announcement on CBC, or CBC Gem.
The full list of finalists is:
The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel
Ridgerunner by Gil Adamson
Here the Dark by David Bergen
Polar Vortex by Shani Mootoo
How to Pronounce Knife by Souvankham Thammavongsa
Read more about this story and view the full shortlist here.