March 25, 1998
JURY PANEL ANNOUNCED
FOR THE FIFTH ANNUAL GILLER PRIZE
Jack Rabinovitch, founder of The Giller
Prize, is pleased to announce that in this fifth year of
the prize, authors Margaret Atwood and Guy Vanderhaeghe
and writer/broadcaster Peter Gzowski will comprise
the 1998 jury. Margaret Atwood and Guy Vanderhaeghe replace
authors Bonnie Burnard and Mavis Gallant who served, with
Peter Gzowski, on last year's jury.
Margaret Atwood is the author of more
than twenty-five books - novels, short stories, poetry,
literary criticism, social history, and books for children.
Her work has been published around the world and has won
many awards including the Governor-General's Award, the
Trillium Book Award, and the Sunday Times Award for Literary
Excellence in the U.K., and the prestigious Le Chevalier
dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France. She won
the 1996 Giller Prize for her most recent novel, Alias
Grace, which was also shortlisted for the 1996 Booker
Prize, the 1996 Governor-General's Award for Fiction, the
Orange Prize for Fiction, and just this month, for the International
IMPAC Dublin literary award, the world's richest book prize.
She lives in Toronto.
Peter Gzowski has worked primarily
as a broadcaster since 1971 and is best known for his 15
years as the host of CBC Radio's former flagship program
"Morningside." "Peter Gzowski's Forum"
now airs every Friday on CBC Radio One, and on CBC Television,
"Gzowski in Conversation" is scheduled to make
its on-air debut on April 26. Peter Gzowski has also published
twelve books, most recently The Morningside Years,
and is the founder of the Peter Gzowski Invitational Golf
Tournaments, which have raised $5 million for literacy.
An Officer of the Order of Canada, the recipient of a Governor-General's
Performing Arts Award, the winner of seven ACTRA Awards,
and the recipient of the George Peabody Award for his Outstanding
Contribution to Broadcasting, Peter Gzowski is serving his
second year as a jury member. He lives in Toronto.
Guy Vanderhaeghe published his first
collection of short stories, Man Descending, in 1982.
That book won the Governor-General's Award for Fiction and,
in Britain, the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize. Guy Vanderhaeghe
is also the co-winner of the 1990 City of Toronto Book Award
for his novel Homesick, and his play I Had A Job
I Liked. Once. won the Canadian Authors Association
Prize for the best drama published in 1993. His most recent
publications are a play, Dancock's Dance, and a novel,
The Englishman's Boy, which won the 1996 Governor-General's
Award for Fiction, The Saskatchewan Book Award for Fiction,
and The Saskatchewan Book of the Year Award. That novel
was also shortlisted for The Giller Prize in 1996 and has
recently been nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin
Literary Award. Guy Vanderhaeghe lives in Saskatoon.
This year, the shortlist is scheduled to be announced at
a press conference in Toronto in early October. The winner
will be announced at a black-tie dinner and awards ceremony
at Toronto's Four Seasons Hotel, to be held on Tuesday,
November 3, 1998.
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.
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