It is with great joy that we announce that Zoe Whittall’s THE BEST KIND OF PEOPLE (House of Anansi) and Gary Barwin’s YIDDISH FOR PIRATES (Random House Canada) have been longlisted for this year’s prestigious Scotiabank Giller Prize – two of 12 longlisted titles! Each year The Scotiabank Giller Prize strives to acknowledge the best in Canadian fiction. An esteemed five-member panel selected this longlist from 161 submitted novels, they say “The quality and depth of Canadian fiction made it challenging to select the 2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist.”

WZBestPeoplecovTHE BEST KIND OF PEOPLE by Zoe Whittall – George Woodbury, an affable teacher and beloved husband and father, is arrested for sexual impropriety at a prestigious prep school. With George locked up, how do the members of his family pick up the pieces and keep living their lives? How do they defend someone they love while wrestling with the possibility of his guilt?

With exquisite emotional precision, award-winning author Zoe Whittall explores issues of loyalty, truth and the meaning of       happiness through the lend of all-American family on the brink of collapse.

Barw_Yiddish_comp-r6-1YIDDISH FOR PIRATES by Gary Barwin is a brilliant novel filled with Jewish takes on classic pirate tales – fights, prison escapes, and exploits on the high seas – but it’s also a tender love story. Rich with puns, colourful language, post-colonial satire and Kabbalistic hijinks, YIDDISH FOR PIRATES is also a compelling examination of mortality, memory, identity and persecution, from one of this country’s most talented writers.

The winner will be announced on November 7th, 2016. For venue and ticket information, please visit:

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Congratulations to Zoe Whittall and Gary Barwin, as well as the other longlisted authors!

Deepa Mehta options Kathleen Winter’s ANNABEL for film

AnnabelDirector Deepa Mehta’s Hamilton Mehta Productions has acquired film rights to Kathleen Winter’s 2010 debut novel Annabel, after the expiry of a previous agreement.

Annabel has been published in 18 countries and was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, Orange Prize for Fiction, and Governor General’s Literary Award. Mehta is known for other book-to-film adaptations, including Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children, and for her Academy Award-nominated Water.  Her latest work, Beeba Boys, debuted at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival and will open internationally in October.

The deal was arranged by Shaun Bradley at the Transatlantic Agency.

Giller Prize Goes to Linden MacIntyre

Congratulations to Linden MacIntyre on winning the 16th Annual Scotiabank Giller Prize – the largest and most prestigious fiction award in Canada – for The Bishop’s Man (Random House), his riveting and poetic sophomore novel.

Said the Jury in its shortlist citation:
“The Bishop’s Man centres on a sensitive topic – the sexual abuses perpetrated by Catholic priests on the innocent children in their care. Father Duncan, the first person narrator, has been his bishop’s dutiful enforcer, employed to check the excesses of priests and, crucially, to suppress the evidence. But as events veer out of control, he is forced into painful self-knowledge as family, community and friendship are torn apart under the strain of suspicion, obsession and guilt. A brave novel, conceived and written with impressive delicacy and understanding.”

On accepting the award, Linden MacIntyre praised the four authors with whom he had shared the great honour of being nominated: Kim Echlin for The Disappeared; Annabel Lyon for The Golden Mean; Colin McAdam for Fall, Anne Michaels for The Winter Vault.

More information about the Scotiabank Giller Prize can be found