It’s that time of year again: autumn is upon us, with the tang of decay in the air and the scent of paper burning in the woodstove. And paper, bound into books and printed in interesting and artisanal fonts, is the order of the day for lovers of Canadian literature in autumn. Forthwith: the shortlisted nominees for the three principal English-language fiction prizes of the season, for your readerly delectation, and possibly a quick trip to the local bookmaker on the corner.

Scotiabank Giller Prize (Oct 30)

Will Ferguson, 419 (Viking Canada)

Alix Ohlin, Inside (House of Anansi Press)

Nancy Richler, The Imposter Bride (HarperCollins Canada)

Kim Thúy, Ru trans. Sheila Fischman (Random House Canada)

Russell Wangersky, Whirl Away (Thomas Allen Canada)

Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize (Nov 7)

Alix Ohlin, Inside (House of Anansi Press)

Tim Bowling, The Tinsmith (Brindle & Glass Publishing)

Tamas Dobozy, Siege 13 (Thomas Allen Publishers)

Rawi Hage, Carnival (House of Anansi Press)

Linda Spalding, The Purchase (McClelland & Stewart)

Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction (English) (Nov 13)

Vincent Lam, The Headmaster’s Wager (Doubleday)

Tamas Dobozy, Siege 13 (Thomas Allen Publishers)

Linda Spalding, The Purchase (McClelland & Stewart)

Robert Hough, Dr. Brinkley’s Tower (House of Anansi Press)

Carrie Snyder, The Juliet Stories (House of Anansi Press)

These are not, of course, the only prizes to be awarded this season. The Writers’ Trust will recognize writers in numerous categories, as will the Governor General’s Literary Awards.

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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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