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 CanLit: And the winner is
The official Scotiabank Giller prize judges will announce their choice tomorrow evening, November 9, 2020. The ceremony will be online.