Toronto, ON (February 19, 2014) – Jack Rabinovitch, founder of the Scotiabank Giller Prize, today announced the award-winning, three-member jury panel for the 2014 prize. They are: Canadian author Shauna Singh Baldwin, British novelist Justin Cartwright, and American writer Francine Prose.
Shauna Singh Baldwin’s first novel What the Body Remembers, received the 2000 Commonwealth Prize for Best Book (Canada-Caribbean). English Lessons and Other Stories received the 1996 Friends of American Writers prize. The Tiger Claw was a finalist for the 2004 Giller Prize and has been optioned for film. Baldwin’s awards include the Writer’s Union of Canada Award for short prose and the 1997 CBC Radio/Canada Council Literary Prize. Her sixth book, The Selector of Souls, received the 2012 Anne Powers Fiction Award. Baldwin holds an MBA from Marquette University and an MFA from the University of British Columbia. Montreal-born Shauna Singh Baldwin lives in Milwaukee. More information can be found at ShaunaSinghBaldwin.com.
Justin Cartwright’s novels include the Man Booker-shortlisted In Every Face I Meet, the Whitbread Novel Award-winner Leading the Cheers, and the acclaimed White Lightning, shortlisted for the 2002 Whitbread Novel Award. Cartwright’s The Promise of Happiness was selected for the Richard & Judy Book Club, and named winner of the 2005 Hawthornden Prize. Another of his books, Masai Dreaming, won the South African M-Net Literary Awards. Further works include The Song Before It Is Sung, To Heaven By Water and Lion Heart. His most recent title, Other People’s Money, is winner of the Spears novel of the year. Justin Cartwright was born in South Africa and lives in London.
Francine Prose’s novel A Changed Man won the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and Blue Angel was a finalist for the National Book Award. Her most recent works of nonfiction include the highly-acclaimed Anne Frank: The Book, The Life, The Afterlife and Reading like a Writer. Prose is the recipient of numerous grants and honors, including a Guggenheim, a Fulbright, and a Director’s Fellow at the Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library. She is a former president of PEN American Center, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Prose’s new novel, Lovers at the Chameleon Club: Paris, 1932 will be published by HarperCollins in April 2014. Francine Prose lives in New York City.
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The Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist will be announced on September 16, 2014. This year’s shortlist will be announced at a press event in Toronto on October 6. The winner will be named at a black-tie dinner and awards ceremony at Toronto’s Ritz-Carlton on Monday, November 10, 2014.
The 2014 submission package is now available at Scotiabankgillerprize.ca/submissions
Kobo Inc. has generously donated a Kobo Aura eReader to each member of the 2014 jury panel. The Scotiabank Giller Prize encourages publishers to provide digital copies of its submitted titles in addition to print books.
About the Scotiabank Giller Prize
The Scotiabank Giller Prize awards $50,000 annually to the author of the best Canadian novel or short story collection published in English and $5,000 to each of the finalists. Established in 1994 by Toronto businessman Jack Rabinovitch in honour of his late wife, literary journalist Doris Giller, the award strives to highlight the very best in Canadian fiction, year after year.
In September 2005, Scotiabank became the first ever co-sponsor of Canada’s richest literary award for fiction. Under the agreement, the prize became known as the Scotiabank Giller Prize. The prize is now in its 21st year.
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