Shadowing the Best of CanLit

Featuring the Shadow Giller

Introducing the 2021 #ScotiabankGillerPrize shortlist!

📚 Omar El Akkad for his novel What Strange Paradise, published by McClelland & Stewart, an imprint of Penguin Random House Canada

📚 Angélique Lalonde for her story collection Glorious Frazzled Beings, published by House of Anansi

📚 Cheluchi Onyemelukwe-Onuobia for her novel The Son of The House, published by Dundurn Press

📚 Jordan Tannahill for his novel The Listeners, published by HarperCollins Canada

📚 Miriam Toews for her novel Fight Night, published by Knopf Canada, an imprint of Penguin Random House Canada

“This year’s powerhouse lineup features five enormously talented Canadian writers. The books on this year’s Scotiabank Giller Prize shortlist are wildly different but equally absorbing. The common throughlines are masterful storytelling and depth of literary expression.”
— Elana Rabinovitch, Executive Director, Scotiabank Giller Prize

Scotiabank congratulates the outstanding authors named to the 2021 Scotiabank Giller Prize shortlist. Scotiabank is thrilled to continue to support this celebration of excellence in Canadian literature. Through another challenging year, Scotiabank remains committed to supporting arts and culture, and the immense talents of Canadians across the country.
— John Doig, Executive Vice President, Retail Distribution, Scotiabank

Our Shadow Giller reading will now commence in earnest and we’ll be back before November 8th to announce our very own winner! Will the Shadow Giller jury pick the winner for another year that is the same as the official Giller? Stay tuned!

3 thoughts on “The Official Shortlist has been announced!

  1. Naomi says:

    You both guessed two of them right! I’ve read What Strange Paradise and Glorious Frazzled Beings, which of course would have been nice all the years I was on the shadow jury. Ha! Can’t wait to read the others!
    What do you think of the list?

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  2. Penny says:

    Not a bad list….we are definitely not on the same page with a unanimous feeling toward one book this time around though!! Lindy has read them all, I’ve got 2.5 more to go and John has 3 or 4 left to read. So we’ll see how we shake this down this year! 🙂 Miss you!


    1. Naomi says:

      Sounds exciting! I’m trying to keep up with the reading so I can stay involved, but it’s been so helpful not to have the deadlines. But I can’t say I don’t miss you too. 🙂

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