Giller book prize announces finalists

Tue Oct 7, 2008 12:12pm EDT
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TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada's prestigious Scotiabank Giller Prize announced its short list of finalists on Tuesday, after reviewing 95 books submitted from across the country.

The top prize of C$50,000 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 award are:

* Joseph Boyden for his novel "Through Black Spruce," published by Viking Canada.

* Anthony De Sa for his collection of short stories "Barnacle Love," published by Doubleday Canada.

* Marina Endicott for her novel "Good to a Fault," published by Freehand Books/Broadview Press.

* Rawi Hage for his novel "Cockroach," published by House of Anansi Press.

* Mary Swan for her novel "The Boys in the Trees," published by Henry Holt/HB Fenn.

The winner of the Giller Prize will be announced at a gala in Toronto on November 11.

(Reporting by Wojtek Dabrowski; editing by Rob Wilson)