SHAD, PAUL HAGGIS, JENNIFER PODEMSKI, WENDY CREWSON and GEORGE STROUMBOULOPOULOS TO PRESENT AT THE 2013 SCOTIABANK GILLER PRIZE
The SCOTIABANK GILLER PRIZE gala will be hosted by Jian Ghomeshi (of CBC Radio One and TV's cultural affairs program Q), and be broadcast at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT) on CBC Television from the Ritz-Carlton in downtown Toronto. It will also be live-streamed on CBC Books with a concurrent live chat, enabling Canadians across the country to be part of the Giller experience. With a winner being crowned and awarded the prize that night, the presenters will join the authors onstage to celebrate the year’s biggest achievements in Canadian arts and letters. An appearance on Q the following morning will be the first national broadcast feature interview for this year’s winner.
“The CBC has outdone itself this year,” said Jack Rabinovitch, founder of the Scotiabank Giller Prize. “It’s a very special one for us as it’s the Giller’s 20th anniversary. They have done an exceptional job of finding presenters who are uniquely qualified to speak to the five wonderful books on this year’s shortlist.”
The five presenters will introduce:
Jennifer Podemski will present Going Home Again by Dennis Bock
Wendy Crewson will present Hellgoing by Lynn Coady
Paul Haggis will present Cataract City by Craig Davidson
George Stroumboulopoulos will present Caught by Lisa Moore
Shad will present The Crooked Maid by Dan Vyleta
The five authors on this year’s shortlist were selected by a distinguished jury made up of some of the finest writers in North America: poet, novelist, literary critic and essayist Margaret Atwood; novelist and former Giller winner Esi Edugyan; and American novelist, essayist and short story writer Jonathan Lethem.