Sunday, November 8, 2020

Shadow Giller Jury Selects a Winner for 2020

No discussion was necessary because our Shadow Giller jury was unanimous in our choice of a winner this year:

How to Pronounce Knife by Souvankham Thammavongsa

My thoughts: These quiet stories, told with compassion and humour, feature Laotian refugees and immigrants. They are bus drivers, beauticians, farm labourers and factory workers—hard-working, self confident people. People who carry a sense of home within themselves. People who know the power of laughter. There’s a lovely porous quality to Thammavongsa’s writing: it holds the sense of possibility in all that is unsaid and unnamed. 

More from the other jurors at Shadowing the Best of CanLitAnd the winner is

The official Scotiabank Giller prize judges will announce their choice tomorrow evening, November 9, 2020. The ceremony will be online.

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