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March 20, 2002: 2002 Jury Panel announced and new Advisors appointed for The Giller Prize

Jack Rabinovitch, founder of The Giller Prize, is pleased to announce that authors Barbara Gowdy and Thomas King, and scholar and academic Bill New will comprise The 2002 Giller Prize jury.

Barbara Gowdy was born in Windsor, Ontario in 1950. She is the author of four novels and a short story collection which have been published in twenty other countries around the world. A two-time nominee for The Giller Prize, The Governor General's Award and the Trillium Prize, Gowdy received The Marian Engel Award in 1996. Her short fiction has been published internationally in numerous magazines and quarterlies, including The North American Review, Best American Short Stories and the New Oxford Book of Canadian Short Stories. Barbara Gowdy lives in Toronto.

Thomas King was born in 1943 in Roseville, California. He is the author of three works of fiction, two children's books and one short story collection. His first novel, Medicine River won the Alberta Novel Award and the Josephine Miles Award/Oakland PEN Award. King's second novel, Green Grass, Running Water, was shortlisted for the 1993 Governor General's Award and won the 1994 Canadian Authors Award for Fiction. His most recent novel, Truth and Bright Water, was named one of the 25 most readable books of the year by the American Library Association. Thomas King lives in Guelph, Ontario with his partner Helen Hoy and their two youngest children.

Bill New is a native of Vancouver. He's the author of four books of poetry and two children's books, compiler of numerous anthologies, and editor of The Encyclopedia of Literature in Canada (2002). A graduate of UBC and the University of Leeds, with a PhD in the English-language literatures of the Commonwealth, he is currently University Killam Professor at the University of British Columbia. In addition to serving on numerous editorial and advisory boards, he has written a dozen critical books and monographs, including A History of Canadian Literature, and several hundred articles and reviews. Bill New lives with his wife Peggy in Vancouver.


Advisory Board
This year marks the first time since the Prize's inception that new members have been asked to join the Advisory Board. Alice Munro, Joey Slinger and David Staines are now joined by award-winning author Margaret Atwood, Senior Giller Administrator and member of The Giller Prize founding team, Kelly Duffin, and lawyer and former Ontario Premier, the Honourable Bob Rae.

Richler Font
The new Richler font - commissioned last year by the Richler family, The Giller Prize and Random House of Canada - now becomes the Giller's typeface of record.

Dates Confirmed
This year, the shortlist is scheduled to be announced at a press conference in Toronto on Thursday, October 3. The winner will be announced at a black-tie dinner and awards ceremony at Toronto's Four Seasons Hotel on Tuesday, November 5, 2002.

Prize History
The Giller Prize awards $25,000 annually to the author of the best Canadian novel or short story collection published in English. The award was established in 1994 by Toronto businessman Jack Rabinovitch in honour of his late wife, literary journalist Doris Giller. The Prize is now celebrating its ninth year.

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