The Giller Power Panel: The Perils of Publishing While Female

March 8, 2021

March 8, 2021 (Toronto, ON) – We are thrilled to announce that the second Scotiabank Giller Prize Power Panel will take place on Monday, March 22, at 7 p.m. EDT and will celebrate International Women’s Day.

The theme for this month will explore the challenges facing women writers in Canada, across age, race, and background.

Moderated by The Globe and Mail’s Books Editor Judith Pereira, the group will feature the following renowned and award-winning Canadian novelists: writer, activist and journalist Susan Swan, author and journalist Karma Brown, Canadian writer, and poet Téa Mutonji.

Karma Brown

Karma Brown is the bestselling author of five novels: the #1 national bestseller Recipe for a Perfect WifeCome Away with Me (a Globe and Mail Best Book of 2015), The Globe and Mail and Toronto Star bestsellers The Choices We MakeIn This Moment, and The Life Lucy Knew. She is also the author of The 4% Fix: How one hour can change your life. A National Magazine Award–winning journalist, Karma has been published in ChatelaineCanadian LivingSELFRedbook, and Today’s Parent, among others. She lives just outside Toronto with her husband, daughter, and a labradoodle named Fred.

Téa Mutonji

Born in Congo-Kinshasa, Téa Mutonji’s work focuses primarily on friendship, womanhood, race and sexuality. Her essay, “The Price of Being Pretty,” which summarizes her journey into womanhood, was nominated for a digital publishing award in the category of best essays. She holds a degree in Media Studies and minors in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Toronto Scarborough, where she specialized in poetry and nonfiction. Her debut collection of short stories, Shut Up You’re Pretty is the first title from Vivek Shraya imprint, VS. Books. It was featured on several end-of-the-year lists, including The Globe 100: Books that shaped (2019), The Walrus Best Books (2019) and the Quill & Quire Books of The Year (2019) to name a few. Shut up You’re Pretty was shortlisted for the Atwood Gibson Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize (2019) and won the Edmund White Debut Fiction Award (2020) and the Trillium Book Award (2020). Téa is the nonfiction editor of Feel Ways: An anthology of Scarborough Writing, forthcoming from Mawenzi House this spring. She is the recipient of the Jill Davis fellowship in Fiction at New York University, where she’ll be an MFA candidate this fall. Until then, Téa lives and writes in Toronto.

Judith Pereira

Judith Pereira joined The Globe and Mail in 2001, as an intern at Report on Business magazine, while doing her Master’s degree in Publishing at Simon Fraser University. After a stint as features editor for, she spent nearly two decades as an editor at the magazine, managing production, assigning the front-of-book section, creating packages and writing the occasional story, winning a gold medal and three silvers at the National Magazine Awards for packages and infographics. She became The Globe’s Books editor in 2019, bringing with her a lifelong love of books and publishing. Before joining The Globe, she worked for the now defunct Lichtman’s (where she learned the importance of recommendations to book sales) and read the slush pile at Penguin Canada (where she discovered nobody). She also worked in Iqaluit for the Office of the Interim Commissioner of Nunavut. She sits on the board of the Canadian Museum of Nature.

Susan Swan

Susan Swan is a novelist, teacher, activist and journalist. Her critically acclaimed fiction has been published in twenty countries. In 2019, Swan won the Gloria Vanderbilt Short Story Award for The Oil Man’s Tale, and published her eighth book of fiction, The Dead Celebrities Club. Swan’s novel, the international bestseller, The Wives of Bath, was made into the feature film Lost and Delirious and shown in 32 countries in 2001. Her 2004 novel What Casanova Told Me was a finalist for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. Her first novel, The Biggest Modern Woman of the World, about a Canadian giantess who exhibited with P.T. Barnum is currently being made into a television series. Swan was York University’s Robarts Scholar for Canadian Studies in 1999-2000. A past chair of The Writers’ Union of Canada, she brought in a new benefits deal for writers. She is a co-founder of The Carol Shields Prize for Fiction with editor Janice Zawerbny.

The full itinerary for the 2021 Scotiabank Giller Prize Power Panels is:

February – Black History Month
March – International Women’s Day
April – Graphic novels
May – Asian Heritage Month
June – National Indigenous History Month
July – LGBTQ+
August – The Art of Translation

Visit for more information and to register for this Giller Power Panel and the ones to follow.

About the Prize

The Giller Prize, founded by Jack Rabinovitch in 1994, highlights the very best in Canadian fiction year after year. In 2005, the prize teamed up with Scotiabank who increased the winnings four-fold. The Scotiabank Giller Prize now awards $100,000 annually to the author of the best Canadian novel or short story collection published in English, and $10,000 to each of the finalists. The award is named in honour of the late literary journalist Doris Giller by her husband Toronto businessman Jack Rabinovitch, who passed away in August 2017.

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