2021 Scotiabank Giller Prize Winner

Omar El Akkad
What Strange Paradise

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2021 Broadcast

On November 8, 2021, Omar El Akkad was named the winner of the 2021 Scotiabank Giller Prize for his novel, What Strange Paradise, published by McClelland & Stewart, taking home $100,000 courtesy of Scotiabank.

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2021 Shortlist

The 2021 Scotiabank Giller Prize jury announced its shortlist on Tuesday, October 5, 2021. The five titles were chosen from a longlist of 12 books announced on September 8, 2021. One hundred and thirty two titles were submitted from publishers across the country.

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2021 Longlist

The 2021 Scotiabank Giller Prize jury announced its longlist on Wednesday, September 8, 2020. The 12 titles were chosen from a field of 132 books submitted by publishers all across Canada.

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Of the 2021 longlist, the jury writes:

In a year of logistical challenges and the continued relevance of Zoom, the jury of the 2021 Scotiabank Giller Prize has emerged from many hours of private reading and many rounds of lively debate with a longlist of twelve titles. This extraordinary dozen showcases an ecstatic diversity of voices and styles, of narrative deployment and moral urgency, of formal innovation and old-fashioned storytelling pleasure. There is something for everyone on this list, but within each of these books there is to be found beauty, honest reckoning, human compassion, and the irrefutable mark of the sublime. It was the jury’s great honor to delight in the manifold achievements of these books, and with their announcement we leave this debate settled for another year: Canada’s literature is as vibrant and expansive as ever.

2021 Jury

The Scotiabank Giller Prize is pleased to announce the award-winning, five-member jury panel for the 2021 Prize.

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Tash Aw

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Joshua Ferris

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Zalika Reid-Benta

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Joshua Whitehead

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