Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Effing Awesome: Kathy Page Makes Giller Longlist for Paradise & Elsewhere

It is with real pleasure and tremendous excitement that we can announce to Thirsty readers that the fabulous Kathy Page has made the Giller longlist for her equally fabulous short story collection Paradise & Elsewhere.  

Jurors Francine Prose, Justin Cartwright and Shauna Singh Baldwin read through 161 books to select a longlist of 12 titles. "We’re celebrating writers brave enough to change public discourse, generous with their empathy, offering deeply immersive experiences," they announce in the official Giller Prize press release.  "Some delve into the sack of memory and retrieve the wisdom we need for our times, others turn the unfamiliar beloved. All are literary achievements we feel will touch and even transform you."  

That bit about retrieving the wisdom we need for our times, or turning the unfamiliar beloved, of achievements which both touch and transform … I don’t know a better description for Paradise & Elsewhere.  Congrats to Kathy: it’s richly deserved.
The longlist for the 21st Scotiabank Giller Prize is:
The Giller shortlist will be announced on Monday, October 6th, with the winner announced Monday November 10th.  The winner will receive $100,000, with each shortlisted book receiving 10,000 each.  For the full press release, please go here.  

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