Vincent Lam wins $40,o00 Giller Prize for best Canadian fiction

Vincent Lam wins $40,000 Giller Prize for best Canadian fiction

The top prize for English fiction goes to Vincent Lam, claiming the 2006 Scotiabank Giller Prize for his novel Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures by, published
by Doubleday Canada.  It was announced on November 7th.

The
$40,000 Giller Prize is the largest annual prize for the fiction in the
country, novel or short story collection published in English. $2,500
goes to each of the finalists.  In 2004. Wayson Choy was a
finalist for his novel All That Matters, a sequel to his celebrated first novel “Jade Peony.” 

Hmmm…. I wonder if Asian Canadian Writers' Workshop or explorASIAN
will be bringing Vincent to Vancouver for a reading.  Lam is one of the
non-struggling writers who is keeping his day job – as a surgeon!  ACWW
and explorASIAN have presented great Asian Canadian writers such as Judy Fong
Bates and Paul Yee in Vancouver.  Wayson Choy's Jade Peony was the 2002 inaugural One Book One Vancouver choice for the Vancouver Public Library program.

The other 2006 finalists were:

  • Rawi Hage for his novel De Niro’s
    Game, published by House of Anansi Press
  • Pascale Quiviger for her novel The Perfect
    Circle, translation by Sheila Fischman, published by Cormorant
    Books
  • Gaétan Soucy for his novel The
    Immaculate Conception, translation by Lazer Lederhendler, published
    by House of Anansi Press
  • Carol Windley for her short story collection,
    Home Schooling, published by Cormorant Books

Read Crawford Kilian's review of Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures

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