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Giller Prize |  Montrealers Sarah Bernstein and Kasia von Schaick were nominated

Giller Prize | Montrealers Sarah Bernstein and Kasia von Schaick were nominated

Montrealers Sarah Bernstein and Kasia von Schaik are first picks for the 2023 Scotiabank Giller Prize.


This is not the first prestigious nomination for a Bernstein book; A study on obedienceShe also finds herself on the long list of nominees for the Booker Prize.

The author is originally from Montreal, but now lives in Scotland.

Cassia von Schaik, a South African-born doctoral student at McGill University, also appeared in the first selection with her short story collection We have never lived on Earth.

Photo from Kasia Von Schick’s Twitter account

Cassia von Schick

Suzette Mayer, last year’s winner, unveiled the list in St. John’s, Newfoundland, at a ceremony held to mark the launch of the 30th edition.H Anniversary of the Canadian Literature Award.

Among the other competing authors is David Bergen, a regular participant in the competition, who notably won the prize in 2005 for his novel time between them. This time he was chosen for his novel Away from the dead.

Prize organizers say the 12 titles were selected from 145 books submitted by publishers across Canada. The finalists for the award will be announced on October 11.

The Giller Prize awards $100,000 to the author of the best Canadian novel, graphic novel or collection of short stories published in English, and $10,000 to each of the finalists.

The winner will be announced on November 13 during a broadcast on CBC and the CBC Gem streaming service.

And the rest of the candidates on the list

  • Eleanor Catton about the novel Birnam Wood
  • Kevin Chung about the novel The Double Life of Benson Yu
  • Nina Donnick about the novel Clarion
  • Irum Shazia Hassan about the novel We mean well
  • Dion Irving’s Short Story Collection Islands: Stories
  • Katherine Kuytenbreuer about the novel Wait quietly, brother
  • Menaka Raman Wilms about the novel Roof garden
  • C.S. Richardson about the novel All the colors in the world
  • Deborah Willis about the novel Girlfriend on Mars.
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