The shortlist for the 2015 Giller Prize was announced by the jury this week at a press conference hosted by Rick Mercer at a Toronto art gallery. The previously announced longlist featured more titles by independent Canadian presses than past years and the shortlist confirmed that this year's jury is definitely indie-friendly.
Congratulations to Coach House Books and Biblioasis who claimed three of the five shortlist spots!
Andre Alexis was nominated for his novel Fifteen Dogs, a look at human consciousness through a pack of canines who are given human consciousness and language by the gods.
Samuel Archibald was nominated for his short story collection, Arvida, translated by Donald Winkler. Arvida explores the line between memory and story in a collection that is filled with both everyday wonder and fantastical terror.
Anakana Schofield was nominated for her second novel, Martin John, which delves into the mind of a man many women have encounted but few have understood.
The winner will be announced at a televised gala hosted by Rick Mercer on November 10th. Fans have an opportunity to hear the nominated authors read at a series of events starting the end of October. For more details on the events and to see a full list of this year's longlist, please visit the Giller Prize website.