Madeleine Thien Wins the 2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize

November 7, 2016 (Toronto, Ontario) – Madeleine Thien has been named the winner of the $100,000 Scotiabank Giller Prize for her novel, Do Not Say We Have Nothing, published by Alfred A. Knopf Canada. The announcement was made at a black-tie dinner and award ceremony hosted by Steve Patterson, attended by nearly 500 members of the publishing, media and arts communities. The gala awards were broadcast by CBC and live-streamed on CBCBooks.ca.

This year the prize celebrates its 23rd anniversary.

The shortlist of six authors and their books, announced on September 26, 2016, is:

The esteemed five-member jury panel made up of Lawrence Hill (jury chair), Samantha Harvey, Jeet Heer, Alan Warner and Kathleen Winter selected the shortlist and ultimate winner.

Of the winning book, the jury wrote:

“Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien entranced the jurors with its detailed, layered, complex drama of classical musicians and their loved ones trying to survive two monstrous insults to their humanity: Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution in mid-twentieth century China and the Tiananmen Square massacre of protestors in Beijing in 1989. Do Not Say We Have Nothing addresses some of the timeless questions of literature: who do we love, and how do the love of art, of others and ourselves sustain us individually and collectively in the face of genocide? A beautiful homage to music and to the human spirit, Do Not Say We Have Nothing is both sad and uplifting in its dramatization of human loss and resilience in China and in Canada.”

MADELEINE THIEN is the author of the story collection Simple Recipes, which was a finalist for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, a Kiriyama Pacific Prize Notable Book, and won the BC Book Prize for Fiction; the novel Certainty, which won the Amazon.ca First Novel Award; and the novel Dogs at the Perimeter, which was shortlisted for Berlin’s 2014 International Literature Award and won the Frankfurt Book Fair’s 2015 Liberaturpreis. Her novels and stories have been translated into twenty-five languages, and her essays have appeared in Granta, The Guardian, the Financial Times, Five Dials, Brick and Al Jazeera. Her story “The Wedding Cake” was shortlisted for the prestigious 2015 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award. Do Not Say We Have Nothing won the 2016 Governor General’s Literary Award. The daughter of Malaysian-Chinese immigrants to Canada, she lives in Montreal.

During tonight’s award ceremony, guests enjoyed a performance by Canadian R&B singer/songwriter Jully Black and a roster of celebrity presenters ─ Catherine Reitman, Gordon Pinsent, Amanda Parris, Ins Choi, Tanya Tagaq and Annie Murphy ─ introduced the shortlisted authors and presented video profiles highlighting the nominated books.

Listen to CBC Radio’s q tomorrow at 10 a.m. ET for an interview with Madeleine Thien and relive the gala at CBCBooks.ca.

Ask the author your questions about her book during a live Twitter chat hosted by @GillerPrize on November 10 at 2:00 p.m. ET using the hashtag #GillerWinner.

Images from tonight’s gala will be available on the Media Resources page at www.scotiabankgillerprize.ca.

PARTNERSHIPS AND EVENTS:
In a new and exclusive partnership with World Literacy Canada (WLC), the winner of the 2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize will appear in the WLC 2017 Kama Reading Series. WLC (worldlit.ca) has over 60 years of experience serving women and children in an effort to reduce poverty through literacy.

The winner of the Scotiabank Giller Prize will be given an opportunity to explore, expand, and develop their practice during a two-week, self-directed residency in Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity‘s exclusive Leighton Artists’ Colony. Banff Centre is Canada’s leading destination for arts training and is located in the heart of Banff National Park.

About the Prize
The Scotiabank Giller Prize strives to highlight the very best in Canadian fiction year after year. The prize awards $100,000 annually to the author of the best Canadian novel or short story collection published in English and $10,000 to each of the finalists. The award is named in honour of the late literary journalist Doris Giller and was founded in 1994 by her husband, Toronto businessman Jack Rabinovitch. Visit us at www.scotiabankgillerprize.ca

About Scotiabank
Through our global community investment strategy, Scotiabank and its employees support causes at a grassroots level. Recognized as a leader for our charitable donations and philanthropic activities, in 2015, Scotiabank contributed $67 million to help our communities around the world.

Scotiabank is Canada’s international bank and a leading financial services provider in North America, Latin America, the Caribbean and Central America, and Asia-Pacific. We are dedicated to helping our 23 million customers become better off through a broad range of advice, products and services, including personal and commercial banking, wealth management and private banking, corporate and investment banking, and capital markets. With a team of more than 88,000 employees and assets of $907 billion (as at July 31, 2016), Scotiabank trades on the Toronto (TSX: BNS) and New York Exchanges (NYSE: BNS). Scotiabank distributes the Bank’s media releases using Marketwired. For more information, please visit www.scotiabank.com and follow us on Twitter @ScotiabankViews.

About CBC/Radio-Canada
CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster and one its largest cultural institutions. We are Canada’s trusted source of news, information and Canadian entertainment. Deeply rooted in communities all across the country, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight aboriginal languages. We also provide international news and information from a uniquely Canadian perspective.

About Banff Centre
Founded in 1933, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity is a learning organization built upon an extraordinary legacy of excellence in artistic and creative development. What started as a single course in drama has grown to become the global organization leading in arts, culture, and creativity across dozens of disciplines. From our home in the stunning Canadian Rocky Mountains, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity aims to inspire everyone who attends our campus – artists, leaders, and thinkers – to unleash their creative potential and realize their unique contribution to society through cross-disciplinary learning opportunities, world-class performances, and public outreach. www.banffcentre.ca

About World Literacy Canada
World Literacy Canada (WLC) is a registered charity with a successful 60 year record of educational development work in Canada and around the world. WLC employs a collaborative, community-led approach to program delivery with a focus on women and their children. The Kama Reading Series is WLC’s annual event series held in support of its literacy programs. The series runs from January to May with one evening of readings per month, featuring Canada’s most celebrated and most promising authors. 2017 marks the 25th anniversary year of the Kama Reading Series. Visit www.worldlit.ca for more information.

About Cineplex
Cineplex Inc. (“Cineplex”) is one of Canada’s leading entertainment companies and operates one of the most modern and fully digitized motion picture theatre circuits in the world. A top-tier Canadian brand, Cineplex operates numerous businesses including theatrical exhibition, food service, amusement gaming, alternative programming (Cineplex Events), Cineplex Media, Cineplex Digital Media, The Rec RoomTM and the online sale of home entertainment content through CineplexStore.com and on apps embedded in various electronic devices. Cineplex is also a joint venture partner in SCENE – Canada’s largest entertainment loyalty program.

Cineplex is headquartered in Toronto, Canada, and operates 165 theatres with 1,683 screens from coast to coast, serving approximately 77 million guests annually through the following theatre brands: Cineplex Cinemas, Cineplex Odeon, Cineplex VIP Cinemas, Galaxy Cinemas, SilverCity Cinemas, and Scotiabank Theatres. Cineplex also owns and operates the UltraAVXTM, Poptopia, and Outtakes brands. Cineplex trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol CGX. More information is available at Cineplex.com.

Media enquiries:
Elana Rabinovitch, Scotiabank Giller Prize
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Submissions Open for the 2016 Walrus Poetry Prize

>> From The Walrus

TORONTO, August 5, 2016—The Walrus Foundation is proud to announce the fifth annual Walrus Poetry Prize, judged by The Walrus poetry editor Damian Rogers and celebrated poet Hoa Nguyen. The Hal Jackman Foundation generously supports this $5,000 prize.

“I’m delighted to be working with the poet Hoa Nguyen this year on the 2016 Walrus Poetry Prize,” says Rogers, “and look forward to the moments of surprise and revelation that come from reading exciting new work.” Rogers will narrow the list of submissions, received between August 5 and September 12, to a short list of five poems, from which Nguyen will select the $4,000 winner. On October 3, the five finalists will be unveiled online at thewalrus.ca/poetry-prize, where, until October 26, readers can vote for their favourite poem. The Readers’ Choice winner will receive $1,000.

The Walrus Poetry Prize–winning poem and the Readers’ Choice Award–winning poem will be announced on December 6. Both poems will appear in the January/February 2017 issue of The Walrus, at thewalrus.ca, and in the anthology for Poetry in Voice, a nationwide poetry-recitation contest for high school students. Visit thewalrus.ca/poetry-prize for submission guidelines.

The Walrus Foundation and poetry editor Damian Rogers are dedicated to finding and publishing the best of Canadian poetry. Sara Peters won the 2015 Walrus Poetry Prize for her poem “Mercury.” Past winners of the Walrus Poetry Prize have ranged from previously unpublished poets like Bardia Sinaee (Readers’ Choice, 2012) to known Canadian talents like Kateri Lanthier (Walrus Poetry Prize, 2013) to up-and-comers like Michael Prior (Walrus Poetry Prize and Readers’ Choice, 2014).

The Hal Jackman Foundation, committed to fostering creativity and enriching communities through the arts, has generously supported the prize since its 2012 inauguration. “The Hal Jackman Foundation is proud to continue our support of the Walrus Foundation’s poetry program and the fifth annual Walrus Poetry Prize,” says executive director Victoria Jackman. “We are delighted that the Walrus remains committed to the development of compelling Canadian poetry.  The Walrus’ work in providing a platform and building new audiences for poetry in Canada is invaluable.” The foundation also supports the publication of poetry in every issue of The Walrus.
Readers and poets can participate every step of the way at thewalrus.ca/poetry-prize.

Submissions open
: August 5 – September 12
Shortlist announced: October 3
Vote for the Readers’ Choice Award
: October 3 – October 26
Winners announced: December 6


ABOUT THE HAL JACKMAN FOUNDATION 

The Hal Jackman Foundation believes cultural activities are essential tools in fostering vibrant, livable communities. It is committed to developing and presenting compelling artistic programs in the visual and performing arts. It focuses on increasing access to and appreciation of arts and culture as well as building the audiences of the future. In the last twenty-five years, the Hal Jackman Foundation has awarded more than $20 million to over 200 arts and educational institutions, underlining its civic commitment to Toronto. haljackmanfoundation.org

ABOUT THE WALRUS FOUNDATION
The Walrus Foundation is a registered charitable non-profit (No. 861851624-RR0001) with an educational mandate to create forums for matters vital to Canadians. The foundation is dedicated to supporting writers, artists, ideas, and thought-provoking conversation. We achieve these goals across multiple platforms: publishing The Walrus magazine—which focuses on Canada and its place in the world—ten times a year in print, tablet, and mobile editions; curating and producing the national series of public Walrus Talks; convening annual sector-based leadership dinners; posting original, high-quality content daily at thewalrus.ca; and designing such digital projects as Walrus Ebooks and Walrus TV. The foundation also trains young professionals in media, publishing, and non-profit development.

ABOUT POETRY IN VOICE
Poetry in Voice is a national poetry-recitation contest for high school students in Canada. Students memorize and recite poems chosen from among the hundreds in the online anthology, developing lifelong relationships with poetry while improving their language, public speaking, and memorization skills. Top-scoring students, selected from across the country, win a trip with their teachers to the national finals each spring.

André Alexis Wins the 2015 Scotiabank Giller Prize

>>From the Scotiabank Giller Prize

André Alexis Wins the 2015 Scotiabank Giller Prize

November 10, 2015 (Toronto, Ontario) – André Alexis has been named the winner of the$100,000 Scotiabank Giller Prize for Fifteen Dogs, published by Coach House Books. The announcement was made at a black-tie dinner and award ceremony hosted by Rick Mercer, attended by nearly 500 members of the publishing, media and arts communities. CBC Television is the broadcaster for the gala.

This year the prize celebrates its twenty-second anniversary.

A shortlist of five authors and their books was announced on October 5, 2015. Those finalists are:

  • André Alexis for his novel Fifteen Dogs, published by Coach House Books
  • Samuel Archibald for his story collection Arvida, published by Biblioasis, translated from the French by Donald Winkler
  • Rachel Cusk for her novel Outline, published by Harper Perennial, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
  • Heather O’Neill for her story collection Daydreams of Angels, published by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
  • Anakana Schofield for her novel Martin John, published by A John Metcalf Book, an imprint of Biblioasis

The shortlist and ultimate winner were selected by the esteemed five-member jury panel made up of Irish author John Boyne (Jury Chair), Canadian writers Cecil Foster,Alexander MacLeod and Alison Pick, and British author Helen Oyeyemi.

Of the winning book, the jury wrote:

“What does it mean to be alive? To think, to feel, to love and to envy? André Alexis explores all of this and more in the extraordinary Fifteen Dogs, an insightful and philosophical meditation on the nature of consciousness. It’s a novel filled with balancing acts: humour juxtaposed with savagery, solitude with the desperate need to be part of a pack, perceptive prose interspersed with playful poetry. A wonderful and original piece of writing that challenges the reader to examine their own existence and recall the age old question, what’s the meaning of life?”

ANDRÉ ALEXIS was born in Trinidad and grew up in Canada. His debut novel, Childhood, won the Books in Canada First Novel Award, the Trillium Book Award, and was shortlisted for the Giller Prize and the Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. His other previous books includeAsylum, Beauty and Sadness, Ingrid & the Wolf and, most recently, Pastoral, which was also nominated for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and was named a Globe and Mail Top 100 book of 2014. In addition to the Scotiabank Giller Prize, Fifteen Dogs has also been awarded the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. Alexis lives in Toronto.

As part of the award, The Banff Centre will provide the winner with a two-week residency in its exclusive Leighton Artists’ Colony in Banff, Alberta. The Banff Centre is a leading Canadian arts and cultural organization providing multidisciplinary programming and advancing the practice of artists and leaders.

During tonight’s award ceremony, a roster of celebrity presenters – including The National Ballet’s Guillaume Côté, Polaris Prize-winning Buffy Sainte-Marie, actor Torri Higginson and the Toronto International Film Festival’s very own Cameron Bailey – introduced the shortlisted authors and presented video profiles highlighting their nominated books.

Listen to CBC Radio One’s As It Happens tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. (7 NT) for an interview with André Alexis and relive the gala on www.cbc.ca/books

Ask André Alexis your questions on Twitter about his win during a live twitter chat hosted by @GillerPrize on November 12 at 2:00 p.m. ET using the hashtag #GillerWinner.

Images from tonight’s gala will be available on the Media Resources page atwww.scotiabankgillerprize.ca.

About the Prize
The Scotiabank Giller Prize strives to highlight the very best in Canadian fiction year after year. The prize awards $100,000 annually to the author of the best Canadian novel or short story collection published in English and $10,000 to each of the finalists. The award is named in honour of the late literary journalist Doris Giller and was founded in 1994 by her husband, Toronto businessman Jack Rabinovitch. Visit us at www.scotiabankgillerprize.ca

About Scotiabank
Through our global philanthropic program, Scotiabank and its employees support causes at a grassroots level. Recognized as a leader for our charitable donations and philanthropic activities, Scotiabank has contributed on average $50 million annually over the last five years to community causes around the world.

For more information, visit the press release on the Scotiabank Giller Prize website.

The Scotiabank Giller Prize presents its 2015 shortlist

>>From the Scotiabank Giller Prize.

The Scotiabank Giller Prize presents its 2015 shortlist

Toronto, ON – (October 5, 2015) – Today, at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, more than 100 media and members of the publishing industry gathered as the 2015 Scotiabank Giller Prize shortlist was unveiled.*

CBC Television’s Rick Mercer hosted the special event. Jury members John Boyne, Alison Pick, Cecil Foster and Alexander MacLeod were on hand to announce the 2015 finalists and read a citation for each title.

The five titles were chosen from a longlist of 12 books announced on September 9, 2015. One hundred and sixty-eight titles were submitted by 63 publishers from every region of the country.

The books shortlisted for the 2015 Scotiabank Giller Prize are:

  • André Alexis for his novel Fifteen Dogs, published by Coach House Books
  • Samuel Archibald for his story collection Arvida, published by Biblioasis, translated from the French by Donald Winkler
  • Rachel Cusk for her novel Outline, published by Harper Perennial, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
  • Heather O’Neill for her story collection Daydreams of Angels, published by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
  • Anakana Schofield for her novel Martin John, published by A John Metcalf Book, an imprint of Biblioasis

The shortlist was selected by the esteemed five-member jury panel made up of Irish author John Boyne (Jury Chair), Canadian writers Cecil Foster, Alexander MacLeod and Alison Pick, and British author Helen Oyeyemi.

The 2015 Scotiabank Giller Prize shortlist books are available in accessible format for print-disabled Canadians through the National Network for Equitable Library Service (NNELS). NNELS is a digital library of accessible format books for Canadians with perceptual disabilities, made available through Canada’s public library network. https://nnels.ca.

For the 3rd year in a row, the Scotiabank Giller Prize will present a series of special readings featuring this year’s shortlisted authors, taking place in Vancouver on October 21, Halifax on November 2 and Toronto on November 9. Between the Pages: An Evening with the Scotiabank Giller Prize Finalists will take you inside the minds and creative lives of the 2015 shortlisted authors. For venue and ticket information, please visit: www.scotiabankgillerprize.ca/news-events/events-and-important-dates/

This year, the Scotiabank Giller Prize formed a partnership with Canada’s foremost entertainment company, Cineplex Entertainment. “The relationship between cinema and the written word is a natural one,” says Jack Rabinovitch. “We’re so pleased that Canadians from coast to coast will catch a glimpse of the books shortlisted for the prize in special trailers featured at Cineplex’s 162 theatres across the country.”

The 2015 Scotiabank Giller Prize award ceremony hosted by Rick Mercer, will air on CBC Television on Tuesday, November 10, at 9 p.m. (10 AT/10:30 NT), and will be live-streamed from cbcbooks.ca.

About the Prize
The Scotiabank Giller Prize strives to highlight the very best in Canadian fiction year after year. The prize awards $100,000 annually to the author of the best Canadian novel or short story collection published in English and $10,000 to each of the finalists. The award is named in honour of the late literary journalist Doris Giller and was founded in 1994 by her husband, Toronto businessman Jack Rabinovitch. Visit us at www.scotiabankgillerprize.ca

For more information, visit the press release on the Scotiabank Giller Prize website.

Rita Davies Appointed Chair of the Ontario Arts Council

>>From the Ontario Arts Council

Rita Davies Appointed Chair of the Ontario Arts Council

Toronto, September 9, 2015 – Rita Davies has been appointed Chair of the Ontario Arts Council (OAC), following her nomination by the Government of Ontario.

“We are delighted with the appointment of Rita Davies as Chair,” said Peter Caldwell, OAC Director & CEO. “The Chair plays a crucial role at agencies like the Ontario Arts Council. Rita’s extensive and in-depth knowledge of the arts in Ontario, and particularly public funding of the arts, will serve OAC and the arts community very well in the years ahead.”

“I’d like to congratulate Rita on her appointment as Chair,” saidMichael Coteau, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. “Over the past few decades, Rita’s efforts to advance the interest of artists and arts organizations in Ontario have led to lasting, tangible change.  The Ontario Arts Council, artists and arts organizations across the province will benefit from the impressive experience, knowledge and passion that she brings to the table.”

“I am thrilled to be given this opportunity to lead the Ontario Arts Council, one of the great cultural institutions of this province,” said Rita Davies. “The OAC makes a difference in the lives of communities large and small and adds to our economic prosperity.  I look forward to working with arts organizations across Ontario.”

About Rita Davies

Rita is well-known in Toronto’s arts community in her former role as Director of Culture for the City of Toronto from 1999 to 2012.  Among many initiatives during her tenure at the city, she oversaw the development of a first-ever culture plan, establishment of the wildly successful Nuit Blanche annual festival, and the first major increase in the city’s support of the arts in more than a decade.

From 1984 to 1999, Rita was Executive Director of the Toronto Arts Council, during which significant reports were commissioned, including the Cultural Capital report, the Cultural Diversity report and No Vacancy, the affordable live-work space report, which also led to the creation of Toronto Artscape.

Most recently, Rita established Culture Capital, which provides consulting services on cultural planning, cultural policy development, and governance and board development.  She has sat on a number of not-for-profit arts boards, including the Art of Time Ensemble, Fall for Dance and Theatre Passe Muraille.

For more information, visit the press release on the Ontario Arts Council website.

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