The 2014 Scotiabank Giller Prize Longlist was announced along with some exciting news about improved prizes! Yes, you heard that right Canadian authors and Can Lit fans! The big winner will now receive a whopping $100,000, up from $50,000, and the remaining finalists will receive a not too shabby $10,000, up from $5,000, which basically means bigger bucks to help celebrate and encourage our stellar Canadian authors!
The 2014 Scotiabank Giller Prize jury described the longlisted writers as being "brave enough to change public discourse," and said they have contributed "literary achievements we feel will touch and even transform you."
You can learn more about the longlisted books by visiting the CBC Books' special Scotiabank Giller Prize page. For updates and conversation follow the #GillerPrize hashtag and the @cbcbooks handle on Twitter.
The shortlisted authors will be unveiled on Monday, Oct. 6. The winner will be revealed at the annual Scotiabank Giller Prize gala, which will air on CBC Television on Monday, Nov. 10, with host Jian Ghomeshi of CBC Radio's Q.
Here's the list of 12 lucky ladies and lads who made the 2014 Giller longlist. Which books will you be reading?
The 2014 Scotiabank Giller Prize Longlist
Waiting for the Man by Arjun Basu (ECW Press)
The Betrayers by David Bezmozgis (HarperCollins Canada)
American Innovations by Rivka Galchen (HarperCollins Canada)
Tell by Frances Itani (HarperCollins Canada)
Watch How We Walk by Jennifer LoveGrove (ECW Press)
Us Conductors by Sean Michaels (Random House Canada)
Moving Forward Sideways Like a Crab by Shani Mootoo (Doubleday Canada)
The Girl Who Was Saturday Night by Heather O'Neill (HarperCollins Canada)
Paradise and Elsewhere by Kathy Page (John Metcalf Books/Biblioasis)
My October by Claire Holden Rothman (Penguin Canada)
All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews (Knopf Canada)
The Ever After of Ashwin Rao by Padma Viswanathan (Random House Canada)
Good luck to all the contenders and happy reading Can Lit fans!
Wanda Lynne Young
When Canada Reads asked Canadians, "What is the one novel that could change our nation?" this is the list they came up with.