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The Giller Prize

Giller Prize awards $25,000 annually to the author of the best Canadian novel or short story collection published in English. The award was established in 1994 by Toronto businessman Jack Rabinovitch in honor of his late wife, literary journalist Doris Giller

Austin Clarke, winner of the 2002 Giller Prize, Canada's Premier Prize for Fiction for The Polished Hoe  | Hardcover

The Giller Prize winners

Austin Clarke, winner of the 2002 Giller Prize, Canada's Premier Prize for Fiction for The Polished Hoe  | Hardcover

Richard B Wright, winner of the 2001 Giller Prize, for Clara Callan | Hardcover | Audio Cassette | Audio CD | Microsoft e-book | Adobe e-book | Audiobooks

Past Winners | Giller Prize 2001 Shortlist

In addition to the $25,000 cash award, The Giller Prize presents the winner with a specially commissioned one of a kind bronze statue, sculpted by acclaimed artist Yehouda Chaki.

Doris Giller, January 22, 1931 - April 25, 1993

Doris Giller, who began her career as a secretary with a supermarket chain, rose to be a reporter and editor at three of Canada's major daily newspapers and made her mark in Canada's literary community.

Born and raised in Montreal, Doris joined the staff of the Montreal Star in 1963 as a reporter and feature writer. With the Star until its demise in 1979, Doris went on to hold positions as Night Editor and Lifestyles Editor and became the first female Entertainment Editor at the paper. In 1972, while Doris was in Israel, she acted as the Star's Israeli correspondent, filing stories on events including the impact of the Munich Olympic disaster on Israelis.

In 1981, Doris was hired as the Book Review Editor at the Montreal Gazette, where she created an entirely new and extensive Book Review section. During her four years at the paper, Doris established a new standard for book reviews and successfully initiated contributions from major literary figures including Pierre Bourgault, Hugh MacLennan, Irving Layton and Mordecai Richler.

Doris and her husband Jack Rabinovitch moved to Toronto in 1985 and in 1988 Doris joined the Toronto Star as Assistant Book Editor and launched her regular column, Reading Habits, which became a mainstay of the Star book pages.

After a struggle with cancer, Doris Giller passed away on April 25, 1993.

Jack Rabinovitch, Founder, The Giller Prize

Born, educated and raised in Montreal, Jack Rabinovitch graduated from McGill University in 1952 with a B.A. in Honors English.

His early experience was as a cub reporter, speechwriter, food retailing and distribution executive and subsequently as an independent builder and real estate developer.

Giller Prize 2001 Shortlist

Richard B. Wright for Clara Callan Winner! | Hardcover | Audio Cassette | Audio CD | Microsoft e-book | Adobe e-book | Audiobooks

Sandra Birdsell for The Russlander | Hardcover | Paperback

Michael Crummey for River Thieves | Hardcover | Paperback

Michael Redhill for Martin Sloane | Paperback

Timothy Taylor for Stanley Park | Hardcover | Paperback

Jane Urquhart for The Stone Carvers | Hardcover | Paperback

Giller Prize Winners

2001 Richard B. Wright for Clara Callan | Hardcover | Audio Cassette | Audio CD | Microsoft e-book | Adobe e-book | Audiobooks

2000 Shared Award Michael Ondaatje for Anil's Ghost   | Hardcover | Paperback | Audio Cassette (Unabridged) | Audio CD (Unabridged) | Large Print | e-book (Microsoft Reader) And David Adams Richards for Mercy Among the Children | Hardcover

1999 A Good House by Bonnie Burnard | Hardcover | Paperback

1998 The Love of a Good Woman: Stories by Alice Munro | Hardcover | Paperback

1997 Barney's Version: A Novel by Mordecai Richler | Out of Print

1996 Alias Grace Margaret Atwood, winner of the Booker Prize 2000 for The Blind Assassin | Hardcover | Paperback | Audio Cassette | Large Print | Audio Download (Also shortlisted for the Orange Prize 2001) Alias Grace | Paperback | Audio Cassette | Audio Download 

1995 A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry | Paperback | Hardcover Longlisted for the Booker Prize 2002 for Family Matters | Audio Cassette | Hardcover; Chapters Award for First Novel 1992 for Such a Long Journey | Paperback

1994 The Book of Secrets by M.G. Vassanji | Paperback

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