Let’s talk about the Gillers!
I’m a grad student at a Canadian university studying in an English department, so the Giller Prize – celebrating the best Canadian fiction of the publishing year – is my jam.
Yesterday marked the beginning of the Giller season with the long list reveal, and all and all it looks like a good mix: some short stories, some funny books, some sad books, and at least one translation that I could spot.
I expected to recognize more titles, but then again I haven’t had my socks knocked off by any CanLit yet this year. The result: a reading list of diverse and well-written Canadian fiction, just in time for fall!
God, I love the Gillers.
Take a peek at this year’s long-listers and click on a cover to pull the book up on Goodreads:
In the next few weeks I hope to read and review as many of these as I can – and we’ll see how many I get through before the short list reveal on October 5 and / or the final prize ceremony on November 10.
Have you read any of these already? Any thoughts on frontrunners in this polite, Canadian book footrace? Drop me a comment!