Canadian author with aboriginal roots wins Giller

Wed Nov 12, 2008 9:48am EST
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TORONTO (Reuters) - Novelist Joseph Boyden became the first author with aboriginal roots to win Canada's Scotiabank Giller prize, the country's most prestigious and lucrative literary award.

Boyden won the C$50,000 prize late Tuesday with his book "Through Black Spruce," a suspenseful and humorous novel published by Viking Canada about an aboriginal woman from Canada's north going missing in New York City.

"I'm so deeply humbled to be counted among the writers here," the Toronto-raised Boyden said after the award was announced at a black-tie gala attended by much of Canada's literary community.

Anthony De Sa's collection of short stories "Barnacle Love" was short-listed along with Marina Endicott's "Good to a Fault," Rawi Hage's "Cockroach" and Mary Swan's "The Boys in the Trees."

(Reporting by Richard Valdmanis; Editing by Frank McGurty)