In the midst of our award season, it's important to us to continue highlighting our incredible Canadian talent. We hope that you add some of these titles to your TBR list on top of the 2020 Scotiabank Giller Prize shortlist. Here is a list of the books being released in October 2020!
Today, the Scotiabank Giller Prize shortlist was announced, celebrating five Canadian fiction writers and the 27th edition of the Prize.
Seth's graphic novel, Clyde Fans has been longlisted for the 2020 Scotiabank Giller Prize. Seth is the cartoonist behind the comic book series Palookaville, which started in the stone age as a pamphlet and is now a semi-annual hardcover. His comics have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Best American Comics, and McSweeneys Quarterly. His illustrations have appeared in numerous publications including the cover of the New Yorker, the Walrus, and Canadian Notes & Queries. He is also Lemony Snicket's partner for the new Young Readers series, All the Wrong Questions, and has illustrated and designed a new, deluxe edition of Stephen Leacock's Sunshine Sketches of a little Town.
Gil Adamson's novel, Ridgerunner has been longlisted for the 2020 Scotiabank Giller Prize. She is the critically acclaimed author of The Outlander, which won the Dashiell Hammett Prize for Literary Excellence in Crime Writing, the Amazon.ca First Novel Award, the ReLit Award, and the Drummer General’s Award. It was a finalist for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, CBC Canada Reads, and the Prix Femina in France; longlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award; and chosen as a Globe and Mail and Washington Post Top 100 Book.
Francesca Ekwuyasi's novel, Butter Honey Pig Bread has been longlisted for the 2020 Scotiabank Giller Prize. She is a writer, artist, and filmmaker born in Lagos, Nigeria. Her work explores themes of faith, family, queerness, consumption, loneliness, and belonging. Her writing has been published in Winter Tangerine Review, Brittle Paper, Transition Magazine, the Malahat Review, Visual Art News, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, and GUTS magazine. Her story “Ọrun is Heaven” was longlisted for the 2019 Journey Prize. Butter Honey Pig Bread is her first novel. She lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Thomas King’s novel, Indians on Vacation has been longlisted for the 2020 Scotiabank Giller Prize. He is an award-winning novelist, short story writer, scriptwriter and photographer. His critically acclaimed, bestselling fiction includes Medicine River; Green Grass, Running Water; One Good Story, That One; Truth and Bright Water; A Short History of Indians in Canada; The Back of the Turtle (winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction); The Inconvenient Indian (winner of the RBC Taylor Prize); the DreadfulWater mystery series, including most recently Obsidian; and the poetry collection 77 Fragments of a Familiar Ruin.
On October 5, at 10 a.m. ET, the Scotiabank Giller Prize shortlist will be announced. This year’s shortlist will be revealed by past winners Esi Edugyan, Elizabeth Hay, Sean Michaels, Michael Redhill and Madeleine Thien.
Emma Donoghue’s novel, The Pull of the Stars has been longlisted for the 2020 Scotiabank Giller Prize. She is best known for her novels, which range from the historical (The Wonder, Slammerkin, Life Mask, The Sealed Letter) to the contemporary (Akin, Stir-Fry, Hood, Landing). Her international bestseller Room was a New York Times Best Book of 2010 and was a finalist for the Man Booker, Commonwealth, and Orange Prizes; her screen adaptation, directed by Lenny Abrahamson, was nominated for four Academy Awards.
Michelle Good's novel, Five Little Indians has been longlisted for the 2020 Scotiabank Giller Prize. She is a Cree writer and a member of the Red Pheasant Cree Nation in Saskatchewan. After working for Indigenous organizations for twenty-five years and advocating for residential school survivors, she obtained a law degree. She earned her MFA in creative writing at UBC while still practicing law. Her poems, short stories and essays have been published in magazines and anthologies across Canada.
Emily St. John Mandel’s novel, The Glass Hotel has been longlisted for the 2020 Scotiabank Giller Prize. She is the author of four novels, most recently Station Eleven, which was a finalist for a National Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award; won the 2015 Arthur C. Clarke Award, the Toronto Book Award and the Morning News Tournament of Books; and has been translated into thirty-one languages.