Two Penguin Random House Canada Authors Shortlisted for the 2022 Scotiabank Giller Prize
Penguin Random House Canada has published the last four Giller Prize winners—Omar el Akkad (McClelland & Stewart) in 2021, Souvankham Thammavongsa (McClelland & Stewart) in 2020, Ian Williams (Random House Canada) in 2019, and Esi Edugyan (Knopf U.S.) in 2018—and we have high hopes that one of our two shortlisted authors may follow in their footsteps when the 2022 winner is announced in November.
Our finalists, as announced in a live ceremony in Toronto, are:
Edited by Lynn Henry, Editor-in-Chief, Knopf Canada
Edited by Anita Chong, Executive Editor, McClelland & Stewart
The jury, which includes Penguin Random House Canada authors Kaie Kellough and Waubgeshig Rice, alongside Casey Plett, Katie Kitamura, and Scott Spencer, narrowed down 138 submissions to the previously announced longlist of 14 (5 of which were Penguin Random House Canada publications) and now to this amazing shortlist of five. Of STRAY DOGS, the jury hailed the collection as “stories that fuse spare, graceful language with world-spanning design” and praised Rawi on his “streamlined and confident, understated and wry” writing. And of WE MEASURE THE EARTH WITH OUR BODIES, the jury raved: “Vast in time, space, and feeling, this determined novel builds a vibrant world that’s both expansive and exact” with “tender authenticity.”
As previously announced, our other longlisted titles for the 2022 Giller Prize were PURE COLOUR by Sheila Heti (Knopf Canada), A MINOR CHORUS by Billy-Ray Belcourt (Penguin Canada), and WHAT WE BOTH KNOW by Fawn Parker (McClelland & Stewart).
The 2022 prizewinner will be announced on the evening of November 7 at the Scotiabank Giller Prize Gala, hosted by Canadian Screen Award-winning actress Sarah Gadon and acclaimed Canadian poet Rupi Kaur and broadcast on CBC and available to stream on CBC Gem. The victor takes home a prize of $100,000, while each finalist will receive $10,000, making the Giller the richest literary prize in Canada.
To see the complete 2022 shortlist, click here.