This morning, you could almost feel the tension in the tweets from those at So Ho house in Toronto. Members of Canadian media, publishing representatives, authors and book lovers crowded the exclusive club and waited with baited breath for the Giller Prize jury to reveal the shortlist for this year’s prize.
At the front of the crowd sat the award-winning, three-member jury: Canadian writers Margaret Atwood and Esi Edugyan; and American author Jonathan Lethem. During the selection process, each jury member read over 147 titles (we’d love to see their 50 Book Pledge shelves!) before narrowing it down to a longlist of 13 titles (here).
Shortly after 11 o’clock, the jury announced the 2013 Scotiabank Giller Prize shortlist. The finalists are…
Dennis Bock for his novel Going Home Again (a Phyllis Bruce Book published by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.)
Lynn Coady for her short story collection Hellgoing (published by House of Anansi Press.)
Craig Davidson for his novel Cataract City, (published by Doubleday Canada, a division of Random House of Canada Limited.)
Lisa Moore for her novel Caught (published by House of Anansi Press.)
Dan Vyleta for his novel The Crooked Maid (published by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.)
Have you read any of the shortlist novels? If so, tell us what you think in the comments below or on twitter @SavvyReader. The winner will be announced Tuesday, November 5th and we’d love to hear your predictions!