2011 Scotiabank Giller Prize

The winner of 2011 Scotiabank Giller Prize is Half-Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan. Browse all of the 2011 finalists below. See more in our Award Winners store.


1. Half-Blood Blues: A Novel
Half-Blood Blues: A Novel
by Esi Edugyan
3.4 out of 5 stars (44 customer reviews)
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Thomas Allen Publishers
August 25, 2011
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...a stunning, powerful read, a compelling story brilliantly told. Half-Blood Blues can be compared to a jazz symphony with discrete movements, shifting moods and a complex chorus of human and instrumental voices: It swings between present and past, North and South, East and West, black and white, art and ... Read more

2. The Cat's Table
The Cat's Table
by Michael Ondaatje
3.7 out of 5 stars (37 customer reviews)
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McClelland & Stewart
August 30, 2011
Hardcover

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#1 – Maclean’s Bestseller #1 – Globe & Mail BestsellerA Globe and Mail Best Book A New York Times Notable BookLONGLIST 2013 – IMPAC Dublin Literary Award“A tour de force....startling, enchanting.”—Maclean's  “Ondaatje slowly unravels a tapestry of images and dramatic (and exotic) tableaux…. [He] creates fascinating visual and sensual effects.” —Toronto Star ... Read more

3. Sisters Brothers /tpf
Sisters Brothers /tpf
by Patrick DeWitt
3.7 out of 5 stars (72 customer reviews)
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House of Anansi Press
October 15, 2011
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[Patrick] DeWitt has produced a genre-bending frontier saga that is exciting, funny, and perhaps unexpectedly, moving. (... Read more

4. The Antagonist
The Antagonist
by Lynn Coady
2.3 out of 5 stars (3 customer reviews)
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House of Anansi Press
September 3, 2011
Hardcover

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[Lynn Coady] has a hearty wit and a piercing understanding of human nature . . . [she] has made herself one of our essential writers. (Jeet Heer ... Read more

5. The Free World
The Free World
by David Bezmozgis
4.4 out of 5 stars (5 customer reviews)
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HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
March 21, 2011
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“Self-assured, elegant, and perceptive. . . [Bezmozgis] has created an unflinchingly honest, evenhanded and multilayered retelling of the Jewish immigrant story that steadfastly refuses to sentimentalize or malign the Old World or the New. Sholem Aleichem might well feel proud. And perhaps so too might Philip Roth and Leonard Michaels.”—Adam ... Read more

6. Better Living Through Plastic Explosives
Better Living Through Plastic Explosives
by Zsuzsi Gartner
3.8 out of 5 stars (5 customer reviews)
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HAMISH HAMILTON CA
April 5, 2011
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“Zsuzsi Gartner’s writing is dazzling, effortless, and clear as a bell. She’s able to crystallize a cultural moment in a way entirely her own that is both instantaneous and eternal. I couldn’t let go of it and read it all in one go.” - Douglas Coupland“What crazy, wonderful writing ... Read more