The Scotiabank Giller Prize is Awarded Tonight

Deepa Mehta, Yannick Bisson and David Usher to Join Kim Coates, Jessica Paré and Naomi Klein as Presenters at the 2014 Scotiabank Giller Prize Gala

JUNO Award-nominated classical pianist Jan Lisiecki will perform at the gala broadcast

The 2014 Scotiabank Giller Prize will be broadcast on CBC Television at 9 p.m. (10 p.m. AT / 10:30 NT) tonight, November 10, 2014

2014 Giller Prize finalists (left to right) Sean Michaels (Us Conductors); Heather O'Neill (The Girl Who Was Saturday Night); Miriam Toews (All My Puny Sorrows); Frances Itani (Tell); David Bezmozgis (The Betrayers); Padma Viswanathan (The Ever After in Ashwin Rao)
2014 Giller Prize finalists (left to right) Sean Michaels (Us Conductors); Heather O’Neill (The Girl Who Was Saturday Night); Miriam Toews (All My Puny Sorrows); Frances Itani (Tell); David Bezmozgis (The Betrayers); Padma Viswanathan (The Ever After in Ashwin Rao)

Deepa Mehta (Midnight’s Children), Yannick Bisson (Murdoch Mysteries), and David Usher (Moist) will joinKim Coates, Jessica Paré and Naomi Klein as presenters for the 2014 Scotiabank Giller Prize gala on Monday, November 10, 2014. The work of finalists David Bezmozgis, Frances Itani, Sean Michaels, Heather O’Neill, Miriam Toews and Padma Viswanathan will be introduced by the following special presenters:

  • The Betrayers by David Bezmozgis will be presented by Kim Coates
  • Tell by Frances Itani will be presented by Yannick Bisson
  • Us Conductors by Sean Michaels will be presented by David Usher
  • The Girl Who Was Saturday Night by Heather O’Neill will be presented by Jessica Paré
  • All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews will be presented by Naomi Klein
  • The Ever After of Ashwin Rao by Padma Viswanathan will be presented by Deepa Mehta

Adding to the evening’s thrilling events, 19-year-old JUNO-nominated classical pianist Jan Lisiecki will perform.

The Scotiabank Giller Prize gala will be hosted by Rick Mercer and will be broadcast at 9 p.m. (10 p.m. AT /10:30 NT) on CBC Television from the Ritz-Carlton in downtown Toronto. It will also be live-streamed on CBC Books with a concurrent live chat, enabling Canadians across the country to be part of the Giller experience. With the finalists being celebrated and an author awarded the prize that night, the presenters will join the authors onstage to celebrate the year’s biggest achievements in Canadian arts and letters. An appearance on Q the following morning will be the first national broadcast feature interview for this year’s winner.

The six authors on this year’s shortlist were selected by a distinguished jury made up of some of the finest writers in North America and the UK: Canadian author Shauna Singh Baldwin, British novelist Justin Cartwright and American writer Francine Prose.

2014 Between the Pages Toronto livestream

We’re pleased to present a livestream of tonight’s Between the Pages: An Evening with the Scotiabank Giller Prize Finalists from Koerner Hall in Toronto. The livestream will be available here, via Facebook (go to the Livestream section), and on Livestream.

Between the Pages offers readers a chance to peer inside the minds and creative lives of the writers who’ve made it onto the 2014 shortlist. Hosted by CBC Radio’s Carol Off and featuring special guest appearances and entertainment, this will be an unforgettable evening celebration Canadian literature.

This year, the Scotiabank Giller Prize has been delighted to offer Between the Pages events in Halifax (October 20th), Toronto (November 3rd) and, still to come, Vancouver (November 6th).

About the Scotiabank Giller Prize

The Scotiabank Giller Prize strives to highlight the very best in Canadian fiction year after year. Beginning in 2014, the prize will award $100,000 annually to the author of the best Canadian novel or short story collection published in English, and $10,000 to each of the finalists. The award is named in honour of the late literary journalist Doris Giller and was founded in 1994 by her husband, Toronto businessman Jack Rabinovitch.

About CBC/Radio-Canada

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