October 3rd, 2002
THE GILLER PRIZE 2002
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 2002 shortlist. Selected
by an esteemed jury panel, comprised of authors Barbara
Gowdy, Thomas King and scholar and academic Bill New, the
five finalists were chosen from 94 books submitted for consideration.
Those books were submitted by 36 publishers in 8 provinces,
and virtually every region of the country.
Barbara Gowdy and Thomas King named the finalists.
- Austin Clarke for his novel The Polished Hoe,
published by Thomas Allen Publishers
- Bill Gaston for his short story collection Mount
Appetite, published by Raincoast Books
- Wayne Johnston for his novel The Navigator of New
York, published by Alfred A. Knopf Canada
- Lisa Moore for her short story collection Open,
published by House of Anansi Press
- Carol Shields for her novel Unless, published
by Random House Canada
Info on Finalists
Jack Rabinovitch, who founded the Prize in
memory of his late wife, literary journalist Doris Giller,
also spoke at the press conference and announced that for
the fifth year, the awards ceremony will be broadcast live
across Canada. On Tuesday, November 5th, the finalists will
be honoured and a winner announced at a gala black tie dinner
and awards ceremony to be held at Toronto's Four Seasons
Hotel. Between 8:30P and 10:00P EST, the cocktail party
and the entire award proceedings will be broadcast live
on Bravo!NewStyleArtsChannel, and rebroadcast the following
day on CBC Television at 11:00P EST.
It was also announced that effective
this year, all Giller Prize materials will be printed in
the Richler Font, a typeface commissioned last year in memory
of author Mordecai Richler, a close friend of Jack Rabinovitch's
and a long-time advisor to The Giller Prize.
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