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October 1, 1997
THE GILLER PRIZE ANNOUNCES SHORTLIST
Canada's Premier Prize for Fiction Names Its Finalists
TORONTO - Today, in a morning press conference that
drew over 100 media and members of the publishing industry, The
Giller Prize announced its 1997 shortlist.
Selected by the jury panel, comprised of authors
Bonnie Burnard and Mavis Gallant, and writer/broadcaster Peter Gzowski,
the finalists were chosen from over 65 books submitted for consideration.
Those books were submitted by 27 publishers, from eight provinces
and every region of the country.
Jack Rabinovitch, who founded the Prize in memory
of his late wife, literary journalist Doris Giller, spoke briefly
at the press conference. Then, speaking on behalf of the jury, Peter
Gzowski named the finalists. They are:
- Michael Helm for his novel The Projectionist published
by Douglas & McIntyre
- Shani Mootoo for her novel Cereus Blooms at Night published
by Press Gang Publishers
- Nino Ricci for his novel Where She Has Gone published
by McClelland & Stewart
- Mordecai Richler for his novel Barney's Version published
by Alfred A. Knopf Canada
- Carol Sheilds for her novel Larry's Party published by
Random House of Canada
More shortlist info
The finalists will be honoured and a winner
will be announced at a gala black-tie dinner and awards ceremony,
to be held at Toronto's Four Seasons Hotel on the evening of Tuesday,
November 4, 1997.
The Giller Prize awards $25,000 annually to
the author of the best Canadian novel or short story collection
published in English. Authors Bonnie Burnard and Mavis Gallant,
and writer/broadcaster Peter Gzowski comprise the 1997 jury panel.
The Giller Prize is named in honour of the late literary journalist
Doris Giller and was founded in 1994 by her husband, Toronto businessman
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