TORONTO (The News Desk) — Citing their imaginative storytelling, languid prose and poignant tales of family drama, the Scotiabank Giller Prize jury announced that every single Canadian had been named to the prize’s prestigious longlist.
“There is just so much great literature in this country,” said jury chair Lawrence Hill. “And so many talented writers.”
“It was a gruelling deliberation with much debate, but after reading everything written in the country by everyone, anywhere, the jurors collectively agreed that there were no authors who should not be in the running for the award.”
“Every word we read was exceptional and deserves the highest accolades.”
Hill added that the 36.4 million contenders for the award come from coast to coast to coast, inhabiting cities, towns, hamlets and villages in every province and territory. They include well known authors and others who are not known to anyone.
“It’s an extremely diverse list this year,” Hill agreed. “All humans with a Canadian citizenship should feel honoured and excited by their inclusion as a finalist—and by the prospect of winning.” ♦
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