Surprisingly, I feel more confident predicting the books for the shortlist than I did for the longlist. It probably just comes down to the fact that I’m only choosing from a list of fourteen, rather than over a hundred.
I decided to include six books on my list instead of the usual five, because of the fourteen on the longlist instead of the usual twelve. (In no particular order…)
(Is it just me, or do the covers go quite nicely together?)
Don’t forget… The real shortlist will be out on October 5th. This year’s shortlist will be revealed by past winners Esi Edugyan, Elizabeth Hay, Sean Michaels, Michael Redhill and Madeleine Thien, and streamed live at www.scotiabankgillerprize.ca/live.