Several British Columbian authors have made it as finalists for a national literary award.
Today (September 30), the shortlist for the 2019 Scotiabank Giller Prize was announced.
Previously, a jury selected 12 literary works from 117 submissions for a longlist that was announced on September 3.
Two Vancouver authors made the list: Alix Ohlin, who is the chair of UBC Creative Writing, for her novel Dual Citizens, and Ian Williams, a UBC Creative Writing professor, for his novel Reproduction.
UBC Creative Writing MFA alumnus Megan Gail Coles from St. John’s was also named for Small Game Hunting at the Local Coward Gun Club.
Other nominees from B.C. include Victoria’s Steven Price for his novel Lampedusa.
The shortlist also includes David Bezmozgis for his short story collection Immigrant City, and Michael Crummey for his novel The Innocents.
Canadian celebrity Jann Arden will host the Scotiabank Giller Prize Gala on November 18, which will be broadcast on CBC. The winner of the Scotiabank Giller Prize will receive $100,000 while each of the finalists will receive $10,000.
Prior to the announcement of the winner, a series of literary events held across the country, Between the Pages: An Evening With the Scotiabank Giller Prize Finalists, will feature the shortlisted authors reading from their work.
The national tour will stop in Vancouver for an event at the Playhouse Theatre on October 21.