Scotiabank Giller Prize

This week the Scotiabank Giller Prize was given to Michael Redhill for “Bellevue Square”. The Giller prize helps put a spotlight on Canadian literary talent. It was created in 1994 by Toronto businessman and philanthropist Jack Rabinovitch in honour of his late wife Doris Giller, who was a literary editor at the Toronto Star.

Previous winners include recognized authors such as Madeleine Thein, Andre Alexis, Rohinton Mistry, and Margaret Atwood. This year 112 books were submitted for the prize, which was then whittled down to 5 finalist, with Redhill coming up as the final winner of the prize. Redhill, who was struggling this year, even posting on Facebook looking for editing work, will be given $100 000 award for winning the Giller Prize.

So why not check out the winner and the finalist for this years Scotiabank Giller Prize:

1. Bellevue Square by Michael Redhill

In Redhill’s dark comedy, Jean Mason investigates a mysterious and potentially dangerous doppelganger.


2.  Transit by Rachel Cusk

In this complex introspective, Cusk outlines the story of a divorced writer as she moves to London with her two young sons and struggles to reattach herself to life.


3. Minds of Winter by Ed O’Loughlin

In O’Loughlin’s complex narrative. he explores the parallel story’s of a young drifter and a woman who is officially dead both pursuing missing relatives in the Arctic Circle.


4. Son of a Trickster by Eden Robinson

Robinson tells the story of high school student Jared, in this amusing and candid coming of age novel.



5. I Am a Truck by Michelle Winters

In this funny and moving story, Agathe must deal with her grief when her husband’s  Chevy Silverado is found abandoned at the side of the road without him inside.