The 2002 Giller Prize - News
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November 5, 2002
TORONTO - At a gala dinner and award ceremony that drew over 450 members of the publishing, media and arts communities, Austin Clarke was named the 2002 winner of The Giller Prize, Canada's premier literary prize for fiction. Austin Clarke's winning novel, The Polished Hoe, is published by Thomas Allen Publishers. The largest annual prize for fiction in the country, The Giller Prize awards $25,000 each year to the author of the best Canadian novel or short story collection published in English. A shortlist of five finalists was announced on October 3, 2002. Those finalists were:
Selected by a distinguished jury panel, comprised of authors Barbara Gowdy and Thomas King, and scholar and academic Bill New, the finalists were chosen from 94 books submitted for consideration.
Of the winning book, the jury remarked, "Austin Clarke's The Polished Hoe is a symphony of Caribbean life and history that arranges the jangle of race and class, rage and passion into an eloquent composition, part slave narrative, part love ballad, part Shakespearean opera, sung against the backdrop of one woman's life. A master of narrative strategies and orchestrations, Clarke creates in Mary Mathilda an evocative and elegant voice that turns the written word into oral performance and fills our imaginations with the smells and sounds and silences of a world seldom seen and little understood."
ABOUT THE WINNER
The Giller Prize was founded
by Jack Rabinovitch in 1994
For the fifth year, the awards were
broadcast live on Bravo! NewStyleArtsChannel.