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November 3, 1999
AUTHOR BONNIE BURNARD WINS THE 1999 GILLER PRIZE
TORONTO - At a gala dinner and award ceremony that drew over 450 members of the publishing industry and arts community, Bonnie Burnard was named as the 1999 winner of The Giller Prize, Canada's premier literary prize for fiction. Bonnie Burnard's winning novel, A Good House, is published by HarperFlamingoCanada/A Phyllis Bruce 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 five finalists was announced on October 4, 1999.
Those finalists were:
Selected by a distinguished jury panel, comprised of authors Alberto Manguel and Nino Ricci and bookseller Judith Mappin, the finalists were chosen from 70 books submitted for consideration.
Of the winning book, the jury remarked, "In A Good House, Bonnie Burnard imbues the apparently ordinary lives of her characters with an integrity and a depth of emotion that in the end make them unforgettable. Following the history of a southern Ontario family over a period of fifty years, the novel gives us the sweep of whole lives lived so that we come away with what feels like wisdom, a sense of the moments that truly give value and meaning to a life."
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