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Scotiabank Giller Prize - 2007 Shortlist
Who will win the grand prize?
By  Rowdy Rhodes

Toronto, ON – October 10, 2007, Jury panel members' author David Bergen, author Camilla Gibb, and author Lorna Goodison, have selected the Scotiabank Giller Prize shortlist for 2007. The conference announcing the five remaining finalists drew extended attention this year from all major media outlets.

Two years ago, in September of 2005, Jack Rabinovitch announced that Scotiabank would become the first ever co-sponsor of Canada's richest literary award for fiction. Under the new agreement, the prize became known as the Scotiabank Giller Prize. As a result of the bank's involvement, the prize purse doubled, growing to $50,000 (CDN) with $40,000 going to the winner, and $2,500 being given to each of the four finalists.

Rabinovitch, who founded the Prize in 1994 in memory of his late wife, literary journalist Doris Giller, spoke at the press conference. Joining him at the podium was John Doig, Senior Vice-President, Marketing, Domestic Personal Banking, Scotiabank and Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV.

Selected from over 100 books up for consideration, submitted by over 45 publishing houses nationally, the shortlisted authors announced by David Bergen, Camilla Gibb, and Lorna Goodison alphabetically are:

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 Elizabeth Hay for her novel Late Nights on Air, McClelland & Stewart



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Michael Ondaatje for his novel Divisadero, McClelland & Stewart



Daniel Poliquin for his novel A Secret Between Us, trans. Donald Winkler, Douglas & McIntyre



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M.G. Vassanji for his novel The Assassin's Song, Doubleday Canada



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Alissa York for her novel Effigy, Random House Canada



(see last month's longlist)

This year, the finalists will be honoured and a winner announced at a gala black tie dinner and awards ceremony to be held at Toronto's Four Seasons Hotel on November 6th, 2007. To find the Four Seasons, please visit

Want to get involved? Check out the Guess The Giller promotion:

The Scotiabank Giller Prize is broadening the reach of its Guess The Giller program this year, with more than 20 public library systems and 950 Scotiabank branches across the country participating. You can join in as well. Cast your vote!

If you choose the correct author to win the Giller and your name is chosen from the entries received, then you have a chance to win the grand prize. This year's prize is an all-expenses paid trip for two to one of Canada's leading literary festivals with runner-up prizes given away of author-signed, shortlisted books. The Guess The Giller promotion was initiated by the Toronto Public Library through a pilot project back in 2003 and has been a great success by providing readers and interested parties with active participation in the overall event.

The contest is open to the public at This contest commences October 9, 2007 at 11:59 a.m. (EST) and ends on November 6th, 2007 at 11:59 a.m. (EST). Read the full rules at

The Giller Light

On Giller night, November 6th, and for the fifth year in a row, Frontier College will host the alternative Giller party of the year – the Scotiabank Giller Light Bash. Since 2002, this event has raised more than $100,000 for Frontier College Homework Clubs in Toronto and Winnipeg. Each year, more than 6,00 people attend the event to support literacy and celebrate Canadian literature. Please visit for tickets or more information.

Additional details may be found at

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