Giller longlist includes Leamington’s Nino Ricci
Some of Canada’s most decorated authors, including David Adams Richards, David Bergen, Austin Clarke, Rawi Hage and Leamington native Nino Ricci, have surfaced on the longlist for the $50,000 Scotiabank Giller Prize, Canada’s richest award for fiction.
The 15 books on the longlist were chosen by a three-member jury composed of author Margaret Atwood, Liberal MP Bob Rae and Irish writer Colm Toibin.
Richards was nominated for The Lost Highway; Bergen for The Retreat; Clarke for More; Hage for Cockroach and Ricci for The Origin of the Species.
Other nominees include Joseph Boyden (Through Black Spruce), Anthony De Sa (Barnacle Love), Emma Donoghue (The Sealed Letter), Marina Endicott (Good to A Fault), Steven Galloway (The Cellist of Sarajevo), Kenneth J. Harvey (Blackstrap Hawco), Patrick Lane (Red Dog, Red Dog), Pasha Malla (The Withdrawal Method), Paul Quarrington (The Ravine) and Mary Swan (The Boys in the Trees).
The five-person shortlist is to be released Oct. 7 and the winner announced Nov. 11.