The Scotiabank Giller Prize made a stop in Vancouver on Thursday evening at The Centre (Westside Church) for “Between the Pages: An Evening with the Finalists” reading series. A new addition to this exclusive literary event, Vancouver was the last stop after Halifax and Toronto.
Between the Pages is an intimate event that brought out Canada’s most talented fiction authors to Vancouver, to chat with fans about their books, and to give perspective to the audience. In Vancouver, the program included celebrity readings of each of the six shortlisted books in this year’s Giller Prize event. Hosted by Seamus O’Regan, the stage allowed the books to come alive by as they were read by some of Vancouver’s favourites: Dawn Chubai, Grant Lawrence, Sophie Lui, Mike Killeen, Charmaine Crooks, and Helen Shaver.
Following the readings, four of the six authors joined O’Regan on stage, giving depth and perspective to their books and writing process. In attendance were highly acclaimed authors Miriam Toews (All My Puny Sorrows), Padma Viswanathan (The Ever After of Ashwin Rao), Sean Michaels (Us Coductors), and Heather O’Neill (The Girl Who Was Saturday Night).
Scotiabank Giller Prize awards $100,000 annually to the author of the best Canadian novel or short story collection, and $10,000 to finalists. The awarding of the Giller Prize, which has been celebrating Canadian fiction for over 20 years, takes place in Toronto on November 10th, and will be aired on CBC. This year’s event is hosted by Rick Mercer.
Check out the 2014 shortlisted candidates and add these to your booklist:
David Bezmozgis’ “The Betrayers”
Frances Itani’s “Tell”
Sean Michaels’ “Us Conductors”
Heather O’Neill’s “The Girl Who Was Saturday Night”
Miriam Toews’ “All My Puny Sorrows”
Padma Viswanathan’s “The Ever After of Ashwin Rao”