The 2017 Scotiabank Giller Prize jury announced its longlist on Monday, September 18, 2017. The twelve titles were chosen from a field of 112 books submitted by 73 publisher imprints, from every region of the country. The longlist was selected by an esteemed five-member jury panel: Canadian writers Anita Rau Badami (Jury Chair), André Alexis and Lynn Coady, along with British author Richard Beard and American writer Nathan Englander.


Read the 2017 Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist.

Of the 2017 longlist, the jury writes:

“Twenty seventeen was an intriguing year for Canadian fiction. As with any year, there were trends, themes that ran through any number of books: the plight of the marginalized, the ongoing influence of history on the present, the way it feels to grow up in our country, the way the world looks to the psychologically damaged. But 2017 was also a year of outliers, of books that were eccentric, challenging or thrillingly strange, books that took us to amusing or disturbing places. In fact, you could say that the exceptional was one of 2017’s trends. It gave the impression of a world in transition: searching inward as much as outward, wary but engaged.”

The finalists will be revealed at an event in Toronto on Monday, October 2nd. The winner receives $100,000 and each finalist receives $10,000, making the Scotiabank Giller Prize the richest fiction prize in Canada. The Scotiabank Giller Prize is named in honour of literary journalist Doris Giller and was founded in 1994 by her husband, Toronto businessman Jack Rabinovitch.



David Chariandy
Photo credit: Joy von Tiedemann

David Chariandy

Brother
published by McClelland & Stewart

"Once he showed me his place in the sky. That hydro pole in a parking lot all weed-broke and abandoned. Looking up, you'd see the dangers of the climb. The feeder lines on insulators, the wired bucket called a pole-pig, the footholds rusted bad and going way into a sky cut hard by live cables."

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Excerpted from BROTHER. Copyright © 2017 by David Chariandy. Published by McClelland & Stewart, a division of Penguin Random House Canada Limited. Reproduced by arrangement with the Publisher. All rights reserved.



Photo credit: Siemon Scammel-Katz

Rachel Cusk

Transit
published by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

An astrologer emailed me to say she had important news for me concerning events in my immediate future. She could see things that I could not: my personal details had come into her possession and had allowed her to study the planets for their information. She wished me to know that a major transit was due to occur shortly in my sky.

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Excerpted from TRANSIT. Copyright © 2017 by Rachel Cusk. Published by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, by arrangement with Farrar, Straus and Giroux, LLC. Reproduced by arrangement with the Publisher. All rights reserved.


David Demchuk

The Bone Mother
published by ChiZine Publications

My brother Sergyi and I were married in a small ceremony in our village church. Such things were possible then that now are not. This was in the years before the war, during the movchanya, what some call the silence, or the blight.

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Excerpted from THE BONE MOTHER. Copyright © 2017 by David Demchuk. Published by ChiZine Publications. Reproduced by arrangement with the Publisher. All rights reserved.

What's going on Johnny?

Come on, whatcha doing? How are ya? Poor Johnny. Touchy Johnny. In this mindset. How you are? Imagine. How's our John-John doing? How's he makin out, comin along, doing for himself? How's he keepin? Fuck. Slung halfways out the window for a haul, cause that's what this piss-arsed place is come to. Imagine that, tumbling out onto the street for the sake of a stale Number 7 cause where he might pollute his own room. Where he sleeps alone. Poor old Johnny.

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Excerpted from WE'LL ALL BE BURNT IN OUR BEDS SOME NIGHT. Copyright © 2017 by Joel Thomas Hynes. Published by HarperPerennial, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers Ltd. Reproduced by arrangement with the Publisher. All rights reserved.


Andrée A. Michaud


translated by Donald Winkler
Boundary
published by Biblioasis International Translation Series

Bondrée is a place where shadows defeat the harshest light, an enclave whose lush vegetation recalls the virgin forests that covered the North American continent three or four centuries ago. Its name derives from a deformation of the word "boundary," or frontier. No borderline, however, is there to suggest that this place belongs to any country other than the temperate forests stretching from Maine, in the United States, to the southwest of the Beauce, in Quebec.

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Excerpted from BOUNDARY. Copyright © Andrée A. Michaud, 2014 Translation copyright © Donald Winkler, 2017. Published by Biblioasis International Translation Series. Reproduced by arrangement with the Publisher. All rights reserved.



Photo credit: Benjamin Dobutovic

Josip Novakovich

Tumbleweed
published by Esplanade Books / Vehicule Press

The town in which I grew up, Daruvar, was divided along many lines: believers and non-believers, communists and anti-communists, Serbs and Croats (and Czechs), but these were all superficial divisions. The really deep and substantial one was between alcoholics and non-alcoholics. I was informed early on that I belonged to the non-alcoholic camp. My father, mother, and siblings — none of them drank.

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Excerpted from TUMBLEWEED. Copyright © Josip Novakovich 2017. Published by Esplanade Books / Vehicule Press. Reproduced by arrangement with the Publisher. All rights reserved.


Ed O’Loughlin

Minds of Winter
published by House of Anansi Press

In a mystery worthy of Agatha Christie, a valuable marine chronometer sits on a workbench in London, crudely disguised as a Victorian carriage clock, more than 150 years after it was recorded as lost in the Arctic along with Sir John Franklin and his crew in one of the most famous disasters in the history of polar exploration.

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Excerpted from MINDS OF WINTER. Copyright © 2016 Ed O'Loughlin. Published by House of Anansi Press. Reproduced by arrangement with the Publisher. All rights reserved.



Photo credit: Vivienne McMaster

Zoey Leigh Peterson

Next Year, For Sure
published by Doubleday Canada

If you put the religion books on one shelf, it makes god look like a phase you went through. Like a deck you were going to build until you got a few manuals and all the tools and then didn't. No, it's better to have those books scattered seemingly at random, snuggled between a history of space travel and a slim volume of found poems. Then it's clear that spirituality is just one facet in a richly lived life. It says you are open to possibilities.

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Excerpted from NEXT YEAR, FOR SURE. Copyright © 2017 Zoey Leigh Peterson. Published by Doubleday Canada, a division of Penguin Random House Canada Limited. Reproduced by arrangement with the Publisher. All rights reserved.


Michael Redhill

Bellevue Square
published by Doubleday Canada

My doppelganger problems began one afternoon in early April.

I was alone in the store, shelving books and humming along to Radio 2. Mr. Ronan, one of my regulars, came in. I watched him from my perspective in Fiction as he chose an aisle and went down it.

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Excerpted from BELLEVUE SQUARE. Copyright © 2017 Caribou River Ltd. Published by Doubleday Canada, a division of Penguin Random House Canada Limited. Reproduced by arrangement with the Publisher. All rights reserved.



Photo credit: Mark Raynes Roberts

Eden Robinson

Son of a Trickster
published by Alfred A. Knopf Canada

His tiny, tightly permed maternal grandmother, Anita Moody, had never liked him. As far back as Jared could remember, she'd watched him suspiciously with her clear black eyes. She never let him come closer than an arm's length from her, making him sit on the ratty blue couch while she sat in the kitchen of her small house near the Bella Bella Band Store.

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Excerpted from SON OF A TRICKSTER. Copyright © 2017 Eden Robinson. Published by Alfred A. Knopf Canada, a division of Penguin Random House Canada Limited. Reproduced by arrangement with the Publisher. All rights reserved.



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Deborah Willis

The Dark and Other Love Stories
published by Hamish Hamilton Canada

We were like Betty and Veronica in those comics we read endlessly — practically identical, except for our hair. Andrea's was dark and I was blond. Her skin tanned easily and I worried about sunburns, but we were the same height and our bodies were lean and undeveloped.

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Excerpted from THE DARK AND OTHER LOVE STORIES. Copyright © 2017 by Deborah Willis. Published by Hamish Hamilton Canada, a division of Penguin Random House Canada Limited. Reproduced by arrangement with the Publisher. All rights reserved.


Michelle Winters

I Am a Truck
published by Invisible Publishing

The Silverado was reported sitting next to the highway with the driver-side door open just eight hours after Agathe had kissed Réjean on the front step of their cottage and sent him off fishing in the rain with a Thermos full of coffee, four sandwiches au bologne, and a dozen date squares. It was pouring so hard that as they embraced, the rain smacked loudly on Réjean’s enormous back. He blew her a kiss as he reversed out of sight, and she smiled and touched her lips.

He was lying to her.

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Excerpted from I AM A TRUCK. Copyright © Michelle Winters, 2016. Published by Invisible Publishing. Reproduced by arrangement with the Publisher. All rights reserved.

Make note of these important
2017 Scotiabank Giller Prize dates

Shortlist announced – October 2, 2017

Between the Pages: An Evening with the Scotiabank Giller Prize Finalists

October 12, 2017
Calgary, Alberta (Wordfest at the National Music Centre)

October 16, 2017
Vancouver, British Columbia (Vancouver Writers Festival at the Vancouver Playhouse)

October 26, 2017
Halifax, Nova Scotia (Halifax Public Library)

November 1, 2017
Ottawa, Ontario (The National Gallery of Canada)

November 6, 2017
Toronto, Ontario (Koerner Hall)

November 9, 2017
London, UK (Canada House)

Winner announced – November 20, 2017