March 20, 2002
JURY PANEL ANNOUNCED
FOR THE 2002 GILLER PRIZE
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.
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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