I love cool visual aids and diagrams. This Venn Diagram shows the intersections of shortlisted nominees for recent noteworthy Canadian fiction prizes: The Governor General’s Literary Award, The Rogers Writer’s Trust Fiction Prize and the Scotiabank Giller Prize (+ The English Man Booker Prize, which sported two Canadian finalists). For a larger image of the diagram, click on the image or go here.
Created by Peter Scowen for The Globe and Mail, the Venn diagram highlights the relatively small pool of authors with books in the running for the Canadian prizes. Indeed, only 10 authors make up the 16 shortlist slots. (Last year, 13 authors made up the 15 shortlist slots).
Also noteworthy is that central intersection of Westcoasters Patrick deWitt, for The Sisters Brothers, and Esi Edugyan, for Half-Blood Blues. These two young writers are such literary prize keeners! (Deservedly so, in my opinion.)
I also thought this would be a nice opportunity in anticipation of prize season to provide you all with dates of Winner announcements and links to the various prize homepages and their shortlists:
Rogers Writer’s Trust Fiction Prize: Winner will be announced on November 1
Governor General’s Literary Award: Winner will be announced on November 15