Saturday, November 15, 2008

Giller Prize announced

On Tuesday the Scotiabank Giller prize was awarded to Joseph Boyden's Through Black Spruce. Read the story synopsis here. It's getting rave reviews, and, though there is no way to actually verify this, I predicted that this book would win. Honestly, I did! Anyway, the Giller prize is an annual literary event, complete with large cash prize ($50,000), celebrity-filled gala and television coverage. Everything that Harper hates about the arts. It raises the profile of Canadian writers in general and the shortlist nominees in particular. And Canadian writing elevates the profile of Canada in the world as well as contributing to a continually-changing sense of Canadian "identity". In all, it's a good thing. Read more at the Scotiabank Giller Prize website:

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