TORONTO (CP) â Lynn Coady and Lisa Moore have once again made the short list for the prestigious $50,000 Scotiabank Giller Prize.
Coady, a native of Port Hawkesbury now based in Edmonton, Alta has been nominated for her short story collection âHellgoingâ two years after she was a contender for âThe Antagonist;" while Moore of St. Johnâs, N.L., has been recognized for her novel âCaughtâ after having previously earned a nod for her 2002 compendium âOpen."
Both novels are also finalists for this yearâs $25,000 Rogers Writersâ Trust Fiction Prize.
Rounding out the list of Giller finalists are Torontoâs Dennis Bock, up for his novel âGoing Home Again,â St. Catharines, Ont.-raised Craig Davidson for his novel âCataract Cityâ and England-based Dan Vyleta for his novel âThe Crooked Maid.â
A jury of former Giller winner Esi Edugyan, CanLit legend Margaret Atwood and American author Jonathan Lethem culled the short list from a 13-entry long list, which had been narrowed from a broader field of 147 books submitted by 61 publishers.
âThere were many good books,â said Atwood. âIâm not saying that thereâs an upwards swing and itâs going to get better and better forever and ever. This happened to be a year in which there were a lot of good books.â
With a wealth of published writers and lucrative book prizes in Canada these days, literature in this country is being taken more seriously and âit ups the bar,â she added.
âSo if it were a race, you would say, âOK, you have to run harder.â So there are a lot of people running harder. Theyâve upped their game.â
Edugyan called it âa very diverse list.â
âItâs very wide-ranging, thereâs no single theme running through them. It was really hard to come down to these particular five. I really feel like the short list, if we couldâve made it longer, that wouldâve made us happier.
âIt was an extremely strong year.â
This is the 20th year of the prize, created by businessman Jack Rabinovitch in memory of his wife, literary journalist Doris Giller.
The winner will be unveiled at a Nov. 5 Toronto gala broadcast live on CBC-TV.