Introducing the Jack Rabinovitch Reading Room

Please join us in bringing the Jack Rabinovitch Reading Room to life. As we approach the 25th Anniversary of the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Toronto Public Library Foundation is now accepting donations from anyone who would like to be part of this innovative literary space, and contribute a gift in Jack’s memory.

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Scotiabank Giller Prize Spotlight: Lisa Moore

Lisa Moore is the acclaimed author of the novels Caught, February, and Alligator. Caught was a finalist for Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction and the Scotiabank Giller Prize and is now a major CBC television series starring Allan Hawco. February won CBC’s Canada Reads competition, was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and was named a New Yorker Best Book of the Year, and a Globe and Mail Top 100 Book. Alligator was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize (Canada and the Caribbean), and was a national bestseller. Her story collection Open was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and a national bestseller. She lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

Lisa Moore has been selected for the 2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize for her novel Something for Everyone.

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Scotiabank Giller Prize Spotlight: Kim Thúy

Kim Thúy, born in Saigon, left Vietnam in 1968 with the boat people at the age of ten and settled with her family in Quebec. A graduate in translation and law, she has worked as a seamstress, interpreter, lawyer, restaurant owner, and commentator on radio and television. She lives in Montreal and devotes herself to writing.

Kim has been selected for the 2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist for her novel Vi.

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Scotiabank Giller Prize Spotlight: Patrick deWitt

Patrick DeWitt was born on Vancouver Island in 1975. He is the author of three critically acclaimed novels: Undermajordomo Minor, Ablutions, and The Sisters Brothers, which won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction, the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, and the Stephen Leacock Medal, and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Scotiabank Giller Prize. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

Patrick has been selected for the 2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist for his novel French Exit.

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Scotiabank Giller Prize Spotlight: Emma Hooper

Raised in Alberta, Emma Hooper is a musician and writer. As a musician, her solo project “Waitress for the Bees” tours internationally and has earned her a Finnish Cultural Knighthood. Her debut novel, Etta and Otto and Russell and James, was an international bestseller and was published in 24 countries. She is a research-lecturer at Bath Spa University but comes home to Canada to cross-country ski as much as she can afford.

Emma has been selected for the 2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist for her novel, Our Homesick Songs.

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Scotiabank Giller Prize Spotlight: Thea Lim

Thea Lim’s writing has been published by the Paris Review, the Guardian, Salon, the National Post, LitHub, Electric Literature, the Millions, the Southampton Review and others. Her novella The Same Woman was released by Invisible Publishing in 2007. She holds an MFA from the University of Houston, and she grew up in Singapore and lives in Toronto, where she is a professor of creative writing. Thea has been selected for the 2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist for her novel, An Ocean of Minutes.

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Scotiabank Giller Prize Spotlight: Esi Edugyan

Esi Edugyan won the Scotiabank Giller Prize in 2011 for her novel Half-Blood Blues. The novel was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize, the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction, the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and the Orange Prize for Fiction. She author lives in Victoria, BC.

Esi has been selected for the 2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist for his novel, Washington Black.

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Scotiabank Giller Prize Spotlight: Joshua Whitehead

Joshua Whitehead is an Oji-Cree/nehiyaw, Two-Spirit/Indigiqueer member of Peguis First Nation (Treaty 1). He is the author of Full-Metal Indigiqueer and the winner of the Governor General’s History Award for the Indigenous Arts and Stories Challenge in 2016. Currently, he is working on a PhD in Indigenous Literatures and Cultures in the University of Calgary’s English department (Treaty 7). Jonny Appleseed is his first novel.

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Scotiabank Giller Prize Spotlight: Eric Dupont

Born in 1970, Eric Dupont lives and works in Montreal. He has published 4 novels with Marchand de feuilles and in France with Éditions du Toucan and Éditions J’ai lu (Flammarion). He is a past winner of Radio-Canada’s “Combat des livres” (the equivalent of the CBC’s Canada Reads contest), a finalist for the Prix littéraire France-­Québec and the Prix des cinq continents, and a winner of the Prix des libraires and the Prix littéraire des collégiens. His fourth novel, Songs for the Cold of Heart (La fiancée américaine) translated by Peter McCambridge, has sold over 60,000 copies in Quebec alone.

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