This year, CBC is enlisting readers to help select the Scotiabank Giller Prize. You can find the list of eligible books and submit your nomination here.
The winning title will make the official longlist, which will be announced on September 6, 2011. Make sure you send them your selection by midnight ET on August 28.
What a cool way to get readers involved in this prize! And even cooler – they are giving away Kobo eReader prizes in a weekly draw to people who submit nominations.
The grand prize includes a trip to the Giller Gala in Toronto on November 8, 2011, including airfare, transportation, and accommodation for two nights for two people, as well as $1,000 in spending money, meals, a Kobo, and a Chapters gift card. Um… I’ll be submitting my nomination today!
For more information on the contest, go here.
Here are a few of the past winners of the Giller Prize:
(Click on titles to view or place a hold on them in our catalogue)
2010 Winner: The Sentimentalists, by Johanna Skibsrud
A weary Vietnam War vet moves to a small Ontario town where he confronts his past with the help of his daughter and a fallen comrade’s father.
2009 Winner: The Bishop’s Man, by Linden MacIntyre
A complex character study of a Cape Breton Priest, whose faith is strained by his interactions with a troubled young man.
2008 Winner: Through Black Spruce, by Joseph Boyden
A powerful novel about two contemporary aboriginal sisters and their uncle. When one sister disappears, the other searches for her from Toronto to New York, discovering painful realities about familial ties along the way.
Tell me … which book are you going to nominate and why?