Huge congratulations to Michael Christie for making the longlist of the Scotiabank Giller Prize, one of the biggest prizes for fiction in Canada. Past winners include Alice Munro, Margaret Atwood, and Michael Ondaatje, and this year, twenty two books were selected from a record number of submitted titles. The shortlist will be announced on October 5, 2015.
Of the longlist, the jury (including John Boyne, Cecil Foster, Alexander MacLeod, Alison Pick, and Helen Oyeyemi) wrote: “It’s been a joy to immerse ourselves in a world of fiction that speaks of the past and present, of women and men, of rural and urban identities, of humans and animals, of lives lived well and lives lived badly. While the writing we’ve encountered has been marked by audacity and wit, eccentricity and elegance, it has also reminded us of the extraordinary treasures to be found in contemporary Canadian literature."