Finalists named for Giller book prize

Tue Oct 6, 2009 11:53am EDT
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TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada's prestigious Scotiabank Giller Prize announced its short list of finalists on Tuesday, after reviewing 96 books submitted from across the country.

The top prize of C$50,000 ($47,170) goes to the author of the best Canadian novel or short-story collection published in English. Each of the four other finalists will receive C$5,000.

The finalists for the Giller Prize, to be awarded at a gala in Toronto on November 10, are:

* Kim Echlin for her novel "The Disappeared," published by Hamish Hamilton Canada

* Annabel Lyon for her novel "The Golden Mean," published by Random House Canada

* Linden MacIntyre for his novel "The Bishop's Man," published by Random House Canada

* Colin McAdam for his novel "Fall," published by Hamish Hamilton Canada

* Anne Michaels for her novel "The Winter Vault," published by McClelland & Stewart

The Giller is Canada's most lucrative literary award. This year's jury is made up of U.S. novelist and short story writer Russell Banks, British author Victoria Glendinning and Canadian writer Alistair MacLeod.

($1=$1.06 Canadian)

(Reporting by Andrea Hopkins; editing by Rob Wilson)