2016 Longlist

The 2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize jury announced its longlist on Wednesday, September 7, 2016. The twelve titles were chosen from a field of 161 books submitted by 69 publisher imprints, from every region of the country. The longlist was selected by an esteemed five-member jury panel: Canadian writers Lawrence Hill (Jury Chair), Jeet Heer and Kathleen Winter, along with British author Samantha Harvey and Scottish writer Alan Warner.

Of the 2016 longlist, the jury writes:

“The quality and depth of Canadian fiction made it challenging to select the 2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist. Many more stories and novels deserve a place on the list. As jurors, we salute all one hundred and sixty one writers whose books were brought to our attention. We selected works that reflect the boldness, originality and global perspectives that have come to characterize much Canadian writing. The books span a range of narrative styles – some playfully verbose and others quietly powerful. The books explore various obsessions: genocide in 20th century China and in medieval Spain; the neglect, abuse or theft of children in Ireland, North America and Guatemala; the dangers of nuclear testing; the unapologetic pursuit of crime and criminals; and the surprising ways that table manners, travel, body shape, illness, violence and love influence self-esteem and intimate relationships. We, the 2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize jurors, encourage book lovers to discover the works that moved us, and to keep reading Canadian literature widely.”

The finalists will be revealed at an event in Toronto on Monday, September 26th. 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 the late literary journalist Doris Giller and was founded in 1994 by her husband, Toronto businessman Jack Rabinovitch.


Mona Awad

Mona Awad

 

 

 

awad-13-ways13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl
published by Penguin Canada

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Excerpted from 13 WAYS OF LOOKING AT A FAT GIRL. Copyright © Mona Awad, 2016. Published by Penguin Canada, a division of Penguin Random House Canada Limited. Reproduced by arrangement with the Publisher. All rights reserved.



Gary Barwin

Gary Barwin

 

 

 

barwin-yiddishYiddish for Pirates
published by Random House Canada

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Excerpted from YIDDISH FOR PIRATES. Copyright © 2016 Gary Barwin.  Excerpted by permission of Random House Canada, a division of Penguin Random House of Canada Limited. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.



Andrew Battershill

Andrew Battershill

 

 

 

battershill-pillowPillow
published by Coach House Books

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Excerpted from PILLOW. Copyright © Andrew Battershill, 2015. Excerpted by permission of Coach House Books. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.



David Bergen

David Bergen

 

 

 

bergen-strangerStranger
published by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

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Excerpted from STRANGER. Copyright © 2016 by David Bergen.  Excerpted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers Ltd. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.



Emma Donoghue

Emma Donoghue

 

 

 

donoghue-the-wonderThe Wonder
published by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

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Excerpted from THE WONDER. Copyright © 2016 by Emma Donoghue.  Excerpted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers Ltd. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.



Catherine Leroux

Catherine Leroux

 

 

 

Lazer Lederhendler

Lazer Lederhendler (translator)

 

 

 

leroux-the-party-wallThe Party Wall
published by Biblioasis International

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Excerpted from THE PARTY WALL. Copyright © Catherine Leroux, 2013. Translation copyright © Lazer Lederhendler, 2016. Excerpted by permission of Biblioasis international translation series. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.



Kathy Page

Kathy Page

 

 

 

perly-the-two-of-usThe Two of Us
published by A John Metcalf Book, an imprint of Biblioasis

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Excerpted from THE TWO OF US. Copyright © Kathy Page, 2016. Excerpted by permission of A John Metcalf Book, an imprint of Biblioasis . All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.



Susan Perly

Susan Perly

 

 

 

perly-death-valleyDeath Valley
published by Buckrider Books, an imprint of Wolsak and Wynn

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Kerry Lee Powell

Kerry Lee Powell

 

 

 

powell-willem-de-koonings-paintbrushWillem De Kooning’s Paintbrush
published by HarperAvenue, an imprint of HarperCollins

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Steven Price

Steven Price

 

 

 

price-by-gaslightBy Gaslight
published by McClelland & Stewart

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Excerpted from BY GASLIGHT. Copyright © 2016 Steven Price.  Excerpted by permission of McClelland & Stewart, a division of Penguin Random House of Canada Limited. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.



Madeleine Thien

Madeleine Thien

 

 

 

thien-do-not-say-we-have-nothingDo Not Say We Have Nothing
published by Alfred A. Knopf Canada

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Excerpted from DO NOT SAY WE HAVE NOTHING. Copyright © 2016 Madeleine Thien. Published by Alfred A. Knopf Canada, a division ofPenguin Random House Canada Limited. Reproduced by arrangement with the Publisher. All rights reserved.



Zoe Whittall

Zoe Whittall

 

 

 

whittall-the-best-kind-of-peopleThe Best Kind of People
published by House of Anansi Press

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Photo credits
Gary Barwin, by Adela Talbot
Andrew Battershill, by Suzannah Showler
David Bergen, by Thies Bogner
Emma Donoghue, by Andrew Bainbridge
Catherine Leroux, by Julie Artacho
Susan Perly, by Dennis Lee
Kerry Lee Powell, by Andrew Buzzell
Steven Price, by Centric Photography
Madeleine Thien, by Babak Salari
Zoe Whittall, by Vivek Shraya