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September 17, 2007 (Toronto, ON) – The 2007 Scotiabank Giller Prize jury today announced its longlist of books in the running for this year’s prize. The jury selected 15 titles out of a record 108 books submitted by 46 publishers from every region of Canada.
The 2007 jury comprised author and 2005 Scotiabank Giller Prize winner David Bergen, author Camilla Gibb and author, poet and artist Lorna Goodison.
The Scotiabank Giller Prize awards $40,000 annually to the author of the best Canadian novel or short story collection published in English and $2,500 to each of the finalists. The Scotiabank Giller Prize is named in honour of the late literary journalist Doris Giller and was founded in 1994 by her husband Toronto businessman Jack Rabinovitch.
The 2007 Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist is as follows:
Of the longlist, the jury writes:
"The books on this year's longlist offer penetrating insights into the human condition through strong narrative, depth of character and moral vision. Historic and contemporary worlds are explored in ways that are novel, humorous, surprising and illuminating."
The shortlist for this year's Scotiabank Giller Prize will be announced at a news conference on Tuesday, October 9 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto. The finalists will be honoured and a winner announced at a gala black tie dinner and awards ceremony to be held on November 6th, 2007.
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