The Scotiabank Giller Prize announced its 2008 shortlist selected by a jury comprised of award-winning author and previous Giller Prize winner Margaret Atwood; Liberal MP, Foreign Affairs critic and author Bob Rae, and international journalist, professor and author Colm Toibin.
The 2008 Scotiabank Giller Prize finalists are: Joseph Boyden for his novel Through Black Spruce, published by Viking Canada; Anthony De Sa for his collection of short stories Barnacle Love, published by Doubleday Canada; Marina Endicott for her novel Good to A Fault, published by Freehand Books/Broadview Press; Rawi Hage for his novel Cockroach, published by House of Anansi Press; Mary Swan for her novel The Boys in the Trees, published by Henry Holt/HB Fenn.
Seamus O’Regan, co-anchor of CTV’s Canada A.M. hosted the press conference. Jack Rabinovitch, founder of the Giller Prize, spoke at the event as did Rick White, Vice-President, Brand and Marketing Programs, Scotiabank, and Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV. CTV supports the broadcast with a dedicated website, giller.ctv.ca.
Harbourfront Reading Series host the shortlist authors in an event on the closing night of the IFOA, November 1.