Being from the States originally, I am always struck by how fabulously we celebrate Canadian literature here. The Scotiabank Giller Prize is the perfect embodiment of this. It’s like the Academy Awards for books! I love how authors (Authors!) dress up in beautiful gowns and tuxes and walk the red carpet, just like movie stars. I love the pomp and celebration surrounding books (books!) and reading. And I love that the ceremony is broadcast live to the world, just like The Oscars, so that we can all join in the fun.
And this is why I’m super excited to tell you that we are co-hosting our very own Giller Prize Party here on the North Shore! The event goes down on Monday November 10th at the Lynn Valley Library Community Room. It will be the perfect opportunity to get gussied up and toast your favourite short-listed author during the livestream of the awards ceremony from Toronto. You’ll also have a chance to win fabulous prizes and listen to locals read passages from their favourite nominated books.
Check out the Giller longlist here and stay tuned for the shortlist, which will be announced on Monday, October 6th. The winner will be announced during the awards ceremony on Nov. 10th at 6pm PST.
See you there!
Image of Lynn Coady and Jian Ghomeshi at last year’s Giller Prize ceremony via