Giller Prize Winners

The Giller Prize is Canada's largest literary prize for fiction, awarding excellence in Candian fiction - long format or short stories - with a purse of $70,000 to the winner and $5,000 to each of the four finalists. Here are the past ten Giller Prize winners.

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2011 - Half-Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan

Half-Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan
© Thomas Allen Publishers
Long-time friends and musicians Chip and Sidney return to Berlin in to discover what really happened to their friend Hieronymous Falk, who disappeared during the fall of Paris at the start of World War II.

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2010 - The Sentimentalists by Johanna Skibsrud

The Sentimentalists by Johanna Skibsrud
© Gaspereau Press
The stories of a troubled Vietnam War veteran and his daughterintertwine and converge in small-town Ontario with that of Napoleon's childhood friend, Henry.

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2009 - The Bishop's Man by Linden MacIntyre

Father Duncan MacAskill is his bishop's fixer, disappearing and cleaning up after the scandals of wayward priests. Now, he is similarly tested.

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2008 - Through Black Spruce by Joseph Boyden

An Ontario bush pilot and a niece who visits him in his hospital bed are the two main characters around whom this complex narrative unfolds.

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2007 - Late Nights on Air by Elizabeth Hay

Late Nights on Air is a novel of place, that place being Yellowknife, a frontier town in Canada's Northwest Territories where a radio announcer and a beautiful newcomer embark on a drama involving radio, oil pipelines, and more.

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2006 - Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures by Vincent Lam

Vincent Lam's debut collection of stories examines the lives of doctors and their patients. It is the only debut to ever have won the Giller.

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2005 - The Time In Between by David Bergen

A Canadian father is drawn searching back to Vietnam twenty-nine years after the war in which he fought, and his family is pulled after.

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2004 - Runaway by Alice Munro

Stories exploring the lives of women, their loves, desires, and relationships.

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2003 - The In-Between World of Vikram Lall by M. G. Vassanji

Follows Vikram Lall from his childhood in Kenya through the Mau Mau rebellion, his government career, and his flight to Canada.

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2002 - The Polished Hoe by Austin Clarke

An old woman living on a West Indian plantation gives an all-night confession in which the history of the island unfolds.

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2001 - Clara Callan by Richard B. Wright

Two intimately linked Canadian sisters embark on very different and unforeseen adventures during the 1930s.

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2000 - Anil's Ghost by Michael Ondaatje

Anil Tissera returns to her native Sri Lanka as a forensic anthropologist intent on solving the murders that are plaguing the island.

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2000 - Mercy Among the Children by David Adams Richards

By adhering to a promise he made as a child to never harm a soul, Sydney Henderson finds himself and his family exploited in his community.

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