Toronto, ON - Jack Rabinovitch, founder of The Giller Prize, is pleased to announce that authors Charlotte Gray, Alistair MacLeod and M.G. Vassanji will comprise the 2004 Giller Prize jury.

Charlotte Gray is the author of four best-selling books of popular history, including Sisters in the Wilderness, The Lives of Susanna Moodie and Catharine Parr Traill, and most recently, Canada, A Portrait in Letters 1800-2000. A graduate of Oxford University in London, Gray came to Canada in 1979 and established herself as an award-winning political commentator for magazines such as Saturday Night and Chatelaine. She was also a regular political panelist, appearing on CBC Television, CTV and TVO. Among her many honours, Gray was awarded the Pierre Berton Medal for distinguished achievement in popularizing Canadian history in 2003 and won the University of British Columbia medal for biography for her book on Pauline Johnson, Flint & Feather. Gray is an adjunct research professor of history at Carleton University. She lives in Ottawa with her husband and has three children.

Alistair MacLeod was born in North Battleford, Saskatchewan and raised in Nova Scotia’s Inverness County. After receiving a B.A, M.A. and PhD, MacLeod went on to teach at the Nova Scotia Teacher’s College, then to Indiana University and finally to the University of Windsor, where he received the designation of University Professor and still teaches today. His fiction, poetry and scholarly observations have appeared in numerous publications and have been translated into 15 languages. MacLeod’s first novel, No Great Mischief has won many honours, among them The Trillium Award for Fiction, two Libris Awards, one for Fiction Book of the Year, the other for Author of the Year, and the prestigious Dublin Impac Award. MacLeod is a member of the Royal Society, a recipient of the Queens Jubilee Medal and holds eleven Honourary Doctorate degrees. Alistair MacLeod is married with six children and lives with his wife in Windsor, Ontario.

M.G. (Moyez) Vassanji was born in Kenya and raised in Tanzania. Before coming to Canada in 1978, he attended M.I.T., and later was writer in residence at the University of Iowa. Vassanji is the author of five acclaimed novels: The Gunny Sack (1989), which won a regional Commonwealth Prize; No New Land (1991); The Book of Secrets (1994), which won the very first Giller Prize the same year; Amriika (1999); and The In-Between World of Vikram Lall, which won the 2003 Giller Prize. Vassanji was awarded the Harbourfront Festival Prize in 1994 in recognition of his achievement in and contribution to the world of letters, and was in the same year chosen as one of twelve Canadians on Maclean’s Honour Roll. In 2004, Vassanji was nominated for the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best Book (Canada & Caribbean). M.G. Vassanji lives in Toronto with his wife Nurjehan. They have two sons.

This year, the shortlist is scheduled to be announced at a press conference in Toronto on Thursday, October 7. The winner will be announced at a black-tie dinner and awards ceremony at Toronto's Four Seasons Hotel on Thursday, November 11, 2004.

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 eleventh year.

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