Writers-Trust-LogoAaand they’re off! It’s the Rogers Writers’ Trust first out of the gate, with the Giller close behind and the Governor General’s Literary Awards coming up fast. Whatever you think of the growth of “prize culture,” in Canada autumn is the season of words on the page, Word on the Street, and the hope, speculation, and intrigue of our major literary competitions. It’s a season when CanLit captures the attention of the public more than ever.

Here’s the shortlist for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize (winner to be announced Nov 1st):

Clark Blaise, The Meagre Tarmac

Michael Christie, The Beggar’s Garden

Patrick deWitt, The Sisters Brothers

Esi Edugyan, Half-Blood Blues

Dan Vyleta, The Quiet Twin

And the shortlist for this year’s Scotiabank Giller Prize (winner to be announced Nov 8th):

David Bezmozgis, The Free World

Lynn Coady, The Antagonist

Patrick deWitt, The Sisters Brothers

Esi Edugyan, Half-Blood Blues

Zsuzsi Gartner, Better Living Through Plastic Explosives

Michael Ondaatje, The Cat’s Table

 Keep an eye out for the GG finalists in 7 categories, to be released October 11th with winners announced Nov 15th. Let the betting begin.

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About Susanne Marshall

Susanne Marshall lives in Halifax, NS, where she teaches writing and Canadian Literature. She was educated at Mount Allison University, the University of Toronto, and Dalhousie University, where she completed a PhD in contemporary Canadian literature. Her research interests include redefinitions of regionalism, Atlantic Canadian writing, ecocritical writing and urban writing. Susanne has also worked in the educational publishing industry as a developmental editor, and as a freelance editor. She reads and writes all day, for her profession, for interest, and for the love of it.

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