2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize Jury

The Scotiabank Giller Prize is pleased to announce the award-winning, five-member jury panel for the 2018 prize. They are: Heather O’Neill, John Freeman, Kamal Al-Solyalee, Maxine Bailey and Philip Hensher.

High-resolution photos of the jury are available on the media resources page.

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Kamal Al-Solaylee (Jury Chair)

Kamal Al-Solaylee is the author of Intolerable: A Memoir of Extremes, shortlisted for the Writers’ Trust Hilary Weston Prize for Nonfiction and winner of the Toronto Book Award, and Brown: What Being Brown in the World Today Means (to Everyone), a Governor General Literary Awards finalist and winner of the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing. He was previously a theatre critic at the Globe and Mail and over the past two decades has written on books, the performing arts, and politics for The Walrus, Toronto Star, Literary Review of Canada, Quill & Quire, Elle Canada, Canadian Notes & Queries and Maclean’s. Al-Solaylee is a professor of journalism at Ryerson University.

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Maxine Bailey

Maxine Bailey is the Vice-President of Advancement for the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Prior to TIFF she was in theatre and co-wrote the award-winning play Sistahs. An active member in arts and community-based projects, she co-founded the Black Artists Network in Dialogue (BAND) which showcases black cultural contributions nationally and internationally. She participates in the advisory boards and steering committees for the Toronto Arts Council, the City of Toronto’s Film, Television and Digital Media Board, The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery Board and the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund.

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John Freeman

John Freeman is the founder of the literary biannual Freeman’s and author of several books including Maps, a collection of poems; How to Read a Novelist, profiles of leading writers; and The Tyranny of Email, a study of electronic communication and its effect on us. He has assembled two anthologies about inequality in the United States: Tales of Two Cities, which focused on New York City and Tales of Two Americas. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Paris Review and been translated into more than 20 languages. The former editor of Granta, Freeman lives in New York City where he teaches at The New School and is Writer in Residence at NYU.

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Philip Hensher

Philip Hensher was born in London. His novels include Kitchen Venom, which won the Somerset Maugham Award, The Northern Clemency, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, King of the Badgers, and Scenes from Early Life, which won the Ondaatje Prize. His most recent novel is The Friendly Ones. He also wrote the libretto for Thomas Ades’s opera Powder Her Face and edited The Penguin Book of the British Short Story. He was a Granta Best of Young British Novelist in 2002, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature from 1999. Among his distinctions is an honorary doctorate from Sheffield University. He is Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Bath Spa and lives in London and Geneva.

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Heather O’Neill

Heather O’Neill is a novelist, short story writer, poet and essayist. Her work, which includes Lullabies for Little Criminals, The Girl Who Was Saturday Night, Daydreams of Angels and The Lonely Hearts Hotel, has been shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award for Fiction, The Orange Prize for Fiction and the Scotiabank Giller Prize in two consecutive years, and has won CBC Canada Reads, The Paragraphe MacLennan Prize for Fiction and the Danuta Gleed Award. Born and raised in Montreal, O’Neill lives there today.