Wanda Lynne Young: Bookalicious


The 2012 Scotiabank Giller Prize and Jian Ghomeshi


There are a few people in my world who make me go gaga and I consider them my rocks stars even when this list tends to be mostly authors. Go figure, right? But here's the thing, I’m also a fan of some actual rock stars. What if there were a celebrity who was both a rock star and an author? Can you say Jian Ghomeshi? Yes, THE Jian Ghomeshi, host of CBC Radio's "Q" and The Scotiabank Giller Prize plus the member of 90's band Moxy Früvous

I had the awesome opportunity to attend the Blissdom Canada conference with a bunch of the YMC family thanks to Queen E. E.. This is where I meet the one and only Jian Ghomeshi (insert 14-year-old "SQUEE!") during a book signing for his memoir 1982. I must say it went very well despite my spazzy rambling. Jian read my Blissdom "Bookalicious" tag and thanked me for promoting authors and their books. I was delighted when Jian squeeze-hugged me but I reacted with a squinty face which was precisely the moment that a well-intentioned book lover took a photo of us. All I can say is I need a redo Ghomeshi! If you want to relive the 80's then FYI, 1982 is an entertaining, touching and inspiring must read.

The Scotiabank Giller Prize is the most distinguished literary prize in Canada. Each year the Giller awards a sweet $50,000 bounty to the author of the best Canadian novel or short story collection published in English. The shortlist finalists receive $5,000 which is not too shabby!

Here are the five 2012 Scotiabank Giller Prize shortlisted books up for the jury's consideration on October 30th.

419 by Will Ferguson - introduction by Rick Mercer 
INSIDE by Alix Ohlin - introduction by Rosie MacLennan
THE IMPOSTER BRIDE by Nancy Richler - introduction by Kim Cattrall
RU by Kim Thúy - introduction by Measha Brueggergosman
WHIRL AWAY by Russell Wangersky introduced by Allan Hawco

On Tuesday, October 30, 2012 Jian Ghomeshi will host the Giller gala. The Scotiabank Giller Prize will be broadcast on CBC Television at 9:00 p.m. / 9:30 p.m. NT. The event will also be live streamed on CBC.ca. CBC Books is holding a "Guess The Giller" contest where you can enter for a chance to win a Kobo eReader Prize Pack or a set of the shortlisted books.

So, what book(s) have you read on the Giller shortlist or the longlist? Which one do you want to win? Who do you think will win? Let's tune in to find out the big Giller winner together!

Relish reading,


Main image credit: www.scotiabankgillerprize.ca