The winner of the 2015 Giller Prize was announced on November 10th at a gala event hosted by Rick Mercer in Toronto and televised on the CBC. The previously announced shortlist featured more titles by independent Canadian presses than past years, with three of the five shortlist spots claimed by LPG members Coach House Books and Biblioasis.
We extend our warmest congratulations to Andre Alexis and Coach House Books for taking home the big trophy for Alexis's novel Fifteen Dogs, which was selected by a five member jury of international authors. Fifteen Dogs investigates human consciousness through a pack of canines who are given human consciousness and language by the gods. This is the first Giller Prize win for Alexis as well as Coach House Books, which is celebrating its fifty year anniversary this year.
Congratulations to Biblioasis and its two authors who received nominations: Samuel Archibald, who was nominated for his short story collection, Arvida (translated by Donald Winkler), and Anakana Schofield, who was nominated for her second novel, Martin John.
For more details on this year's award, please visit the Giller Prize website.