By contributor Drew McLachlan
The longlist of nominees for the Scotiabank Giller Prize was revealed earlier this month, and among the 12 books under consideration this year is Paradise and Elsewhere, a short story collection by VIU creative writing professor Kathy Page.
“A collection of dark fables at once familiar and entirely strange.”
Released in the spring of this year, Paradise and Elsewhere is described as “a collection of dark fables at once familiar and entirely strange.” Although it is the first of Page’s works to be selected for the Giller Prize longlist, her 2002 novel The Story of My Face was nominated for the Orange Prize (now the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction) and her 2005 novel Alphabet was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award.
Established in 1994, the Giller Prize is awarded each year to a novel or story collection by a Canadian author. Previous winners include Esi Edugyan’s Half-Blood Blues and Vincent Lam’s Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures. Prize founder Jack Rabinovitch announced this year that the cash prize will double: $100k for the winning author and $10k for each finalist.
The Giller Prize shortlist will be announced on October 6, and the winner will be announced at the gala ceremony on November 10, which will be broadcasted live on CBC. An event with the prize’s finalists, Between the Pages, will also take place in Vancouver on November 6.