The 1997 Giller Prize - Jury Panel
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Bonnie Burnard is the author of two acclaimed collections of short fiction. Her first, Women of Influence, received the Commonwealth Best First Book Award in 1989. Her second, Casino and Other Stories, received the Periodical Marketers' of Canada Award for Fiction and the Saskatchewan Book of the Year Award, and was shortlisted for the 1994 Giller Prize. In 1995, she was the recipient of the Marian Engel Award, sponsored by the Writers' Development Trust.
Born in Petrolia, Ontario, Bonnie Burnard lived for
twenty years in Saskatchewan before returning to southwestern Ontario.
Currently a faculty member with Humber College's Creative Writing Correspondence
Course, she is also Writer-in-Residence at the University of Western Ontario.
Mavis Gallant is one of the world's pre-eminent fiction writers. She regularly publishes in The New Yorker, and many of her stories have been anthologized. Her fiction books include The Other Paris, The Pegnitz Junction, From the Fifteenth District, Home Truths, and last year's collection, The Selected Stories of Mavis Gallant. A Governor General's Award winner for Home Truths and winner of the 1997 Molson Prize, Mavis Gallant is also a Companion of Canada, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature (U.K.), and an honourary foreign member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Born in Montreal, she left a career as a leading
journalist in that city to move, in 1950, to Europe, living at various
times in Austria, Italy, Spain, and the south of France before settling
in Paris, where she still lives.
Peter Gzowski has worked primarily as a broadcaster since 1969 and is best known for his 15 years as the host of CBC Radio's flagship program "Morningside," now in its final year. He began his career in 1954 as a print journalist and has worked at a variety of newspapers and magazines including the Moose Jaw Times-Herald, the Toronto Telegram, the Toronto Star, Canadian Living, and Maclean's, where he was the magazine's youngest-ever Managing Editor. He continues to write and has published eleven books, including The Private Voice: A Journal of Reflection.
An Officer of the Order of Canada, the recipient
of a Governor General's Performing Arts Award, and the winner of seven
ACTRA Awards, Peter Gzowski was just awarded the George Peabody Award
for his Outstanding Contribution to Broadcasting. He is also the founder
of the Peter Gzowski Invitational Golf Tournaments, which have raised
$5 million for literacy. He lives in Toronto.