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November 3, 1998
AUTHOR ALICE MUNRO WINS THE 1998 GILLER PRIZE
TORONTO - At a gala dinner and award ceremony that drew over 400 members of the publishing industry and arts community, Alice Munro was named as the 1998 winner of The Giller Prize, Canada's premier literary prize for fiction. Alice Munro's winning collection of short stories, The Love of a Good Woman, is published by McClelland & Stewart / A Douglas Gibson Book. 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 six finalists was announced on October 5, 1998.
Those finalists were:
Selected by a distinguished jury panel, comprised of authors Margaret Atwood and Guy Vanderhaeghe and writer/broadcaster Peter Gzowski, the finalists were chosen from over 60 books submitted for consideration.
Of the winning book, the jury remarked, "The Love of a Good Woman is a collection of eight short stories which probes the heart of love. These stories are lit with the startling insights characteristic of the very best short fiction, what Nadine Gordimer has called 'the flash of fireflies.' The work of a mature vision, they shed another kind of light, one with the strength to illuminate whole worlds."
ABOUT THE WINNER
The Giller Prize was founded by Jack Rabinovitch in 1994 in honour of his late wife, literary journalist Doris Giller. This year marks the fifth anniversary of The Giller Prize and was the first time ever that the awards were broadcast live: Bravo! NewStyleArtsChannel aired the proceedings from 9 to 10 p.m. EST.back to previous news