Esi Edugyan‘s Washington Black, Patrick deWitt‘s French Exit and musician Tanya Tagaq‘s Split Tooth are among the dozen titles longlisted for the 2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize, an annual $100,000 award that recognizes the best in Canadian fiction.
The 12 longlisted books, comprised of two short story collections and 10 novels, were chosen from 104 titles submitted by publishers across the country. The longlist includes two works in translation and three debut books.
Here is the full 2018 longlist:
- Zolitude by Paige Cooper
- French Exit by Patrick deWitt
- Songs for the Cold of Heart by Eric Dupont, translated by Peter McCambridge
- Washington Black by Esi Edugyan
- Beirut Hellfire Society by Rawi Hage
- Motherhood by Sheila Heti
- Our Homesick Songs by Emma Hooper
- An Ocean of Minutes by Thea Lim
- Something for Everyone by Lisa Moore
- Split Tooth by Tanya Tagaq
- Vi by Kim Thúy, translated Sheila Fischman
- Jonny Appleseed by Joshua Whitehead
The shortlist will be revealed on Oct. 1, followed by the winner on Nov. 19.
Keep reading to learn more about each of the longlisted books.
Mixing the contemporary with the surreal, Paige Cooper ties her debut collection of short fiction together with the overarching theme of love. Her book tells stories of Russian spies, monstrous creatures and nine-year-old girls who build time machines. Originally from the Rocky Mountains, Cooper now lives in Montreal and has been published in literary magazines like the Fiddlehead and Briar Patch.
Patrick deWitt‘s tragicomic novel looks at the fates of Frances Price and her son Malcolm, who live in aristocratic elegance in New York. When the vast fortune accumulated by the Price’s late family patriarch runs out, the pair head to Paris with their cat Small Frank, whom Frances believes is her dead husband. deWitt, a novelist in Portland, Ore. by way of Vancouver Island, was previously shortlisted for the prize in 2011 for The Sisters Brothers and longlisted in 2015 for Undermajordomo Minor.
Songs for the Cold of Heart by Eric Dupont, translated by Peter McCambridge
Billed as a “big fat whopper of a tall tale,” Montreal writer Eric Dupont‘s fourth novel traverses time and space with comedic ease. From Rivière-du-Loup in 1919 to Nagasaki, 1990s Berlin, Rome and beyond, Dupont‘s winding tale is carried by a cast of idiosyncratic characters as they contend with the worldly events of the last century. Dupont is a former Combat des livres winner, Radio-Canada’s version of Canada Reads, for the book La Logeuse.
The titular character of Esi Edugyan‘s third novel, Washington Black, is an 11-year-old boy known as “Wash,” who is enslaved on a Barbados sugar plantation. His master is Englishman Christopher Wilde, who is obsessed with developing a machine that can fly. When a man is killed, Wilde must choose between his family and saving Black’s life — and the choice results in an epic adventure around the world for Wash. The novel is also currently longlisted for the 2018 Man Booker Prize.