May 12, 1997
1997 JURY PANEL ANNOUNCED
FOR THE GILLER PRIZE
Jack Rabinovitch, founder of The Giller
Prize, is pleased to announce that authors Bonnie Burnard
and Mavis Gallant and writer/broadcaster Peter
Gzowski will comprise the 1997 jury for The Giller Prize.
Mavis Gallant and Peter Gzowski replace author Carol Shields
and editor/academic David Staines who served, with Bonnie
Burnard, on last year's jury in the third year of the prize.
This year, the shortlist is scheduled to
be announced at a press conference in Toronto on the morning
of Wednesday, October 1, 1997. 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 4, 1997.
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 first Giller Prize was presented in November
1994 to author M.G. Vassanji for his novel The Book of
Secrets. The award went to Rohinton Mistry in 1995 for
his novel A Fine Balance and last year, the prize
was awarded to Margaret Atwood for her novel Alias Grace.
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