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GUESS THE GILLER NETS FIVE LUCKY WINNERS
Toronto (Wednesday, November 5, 2003) — Five Toronto residents have
their reading cut out for them this winter. They’re the recent winners
in the library’s Guess the Giller contest.
Toronto residents Craig Collins-Williams, David Dunn,
Rakhi Henderson, Gary Martin and Graham Parkinson correctly quessed M.G.
Vassanji’s The In-Between World of Vikram Lall as the winner of
the Giller Prize for 2003. Their reward: copies of all five books on the
A first-ever experiment for the library, the Guess
the Giller contest ran from October 15 to November 3, in 15 branches across
the city and on the library’s website. Close to 1200 people participated,
348 of them via the website.
“Library users know their books, and they love
their books,” said City Librarian Josephine Bryant. “We were
happy to offer them this opportunity to have some fun with the Giller
A clear trend emerged during the contest with 37 percent of participants
predicting Ann-Marie MacDonald’s The Way the Crow Flies would win
the prize. Giller 2003 winner M.G.Vassanji came fourth in the library
contest, predicted to win by 16 percent.
The library saw demand increase for all shortlisted
books, but the one that received the biggest boost was John Gould’s
Kilter: 55 Fictions. Only two copies of the book were in the system before
the shorlist was announced. There are now 84. Holds on the book, before
the shortlist were 1 only; as the contest closed, there were 126.
The five shortlisted books for the Giller Prize 2003
were The In-Between World of Vikram Lall; Kilter; 55 Fictions; Oryx and
Crake by Margaret Atwood; Island Walker, by John Bemrose; The Way the
Crow Flies by Ann-Marie MacDonald.
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