Scotiabank Giller Prize 2016 shortlist includes Vancouver-born author Madeleine Thien

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      The shortlist for the 2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize was revealed at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto on September 27.

      The six authors and titles are:

      • Mona Awad for her novel 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl, published by Penguin Canada
      • Gary Barwin for his novel Yiddish for Pirates, published by Random House Canada
      • Emma Donoghue for her novel The Wonder, published by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
      • Catherine Leroux for her novel The Party Wall, published by Biblioasis International Translation Series, translated by Lazer Lederhendler
      • Madeleine Thien for her novel Do Not Say We Have Nothing, published by Alfred A. Knopf Canada
      • Zoe Whittall for her novel The Best Kind of People, published by House of Anansi Press Inc.

      From 161 submitted titles, 12 books made a longlist announced on September 7. They were then whittled down to these six finalists by a five-person jury consisting of Canadians Lawrence Hill, Kathleen Winter, and Jeet Heer; British author Samantha Harvey; and Scottish author Alan Warner.

      Thien is a Vancouver-born, Montreal-based author who graduated from the UBC MFA Creative Writing program. Her novel also made the shortlist for the 2016 Man Booker Prize.

      One of Donoghue's previous novels, Room, was adapted into an Oscar-nominated film.

      Awad and Barwin made the list with their debut novels while Whittall's book is her third.

      Leroux's novel was translated from French into English by Lazer Lederhendler this year.  

      The winner will be announced at the 2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize gala, which will air on CBC on November 7 at 9 p.m.

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