Canada’s greatest in the literary world were honoured tonight in Toronto at newly-reopened Park Hyatt Hotel at the 2021 Scotiabank Giller Awards. The Awards recognize accomplishments of Canadian Authors domestically and abroad. The Gala was hosted by Paul Sun-Hyung Lee (Kim’s Convenience) and Canadian Poet Rupi Kaur.
Winning top honours for the 2021 Scotiabank Giller Prize (worth $100k) was Author and Journalist Omar El Akkad for his novel, WHAT STRANGE PARADISE. The Book, published by Random House Canada, centers on a young Syrian boy named Amir rescued after his sunken dilapidated ship containing several people escaping their homelands, by a teenage girl named Vänna. The girl is determined to save the boy despite them not speaking a common language.
Those also named on the shortlist this year included:
Jordan Tannahill for his novel The Listeners, published by HarperCollins Canada
Miriam Toews for her novel Fight Night, published by Knopf Canada, an imprint of Penguin Random House Canada
This year’s jury included Canadian authors Zalika Reid-Benta (Jury Chair), Megan Gail Coles and Joshua Whitehead, Malaysian novelist Tash Aw and American author Joshua Ferris.
Others in attendance tonight included the likes of :
MARGARET ATWOOD | THE HONOURABLE LISA MACLEOD THE HONOURABLE BOB RAE | ALLAN HAWCO TAMARA JEM | RICK MERCER | ANDREW PYPER | LILY CHU | CHARLIE FORAN | CATHERINE HERNANDEZ | BILAL BAIG | SOUVANKHAM THAMMAVONGSATANYA TALAGA | IAN WILLIAMS
Some snaps of the event below:
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