Wednesday, November 07, 2007
Giller Award Winner Announced
Somehow, last night I missed the Giller awards on television. It turns out that the station I was watching was advertising them but not actually playing them, which makes me mad. So, last night ended up being 'search the internet to see who won'. Elizabeth Hay won for Late Nights on Air. I was shocked, is probably the best way to look at it. I still have not read Alissa York's book or Vassanji's effort, but I have read Michael Ondaatje and the small press nominee, A Secret Between Us, and I liked both of them better than Late Nights on Air. So, I think it is great that someone new won the Giller this year, and that Vassanji did not get his hat trick, but if I was choosing, she would not have won.
I am interested to see how the Governor General awards play out because Elizabeth Hay did not get nominated for it. Vassanji and Ondaatje battle it out again, the independant book is by David Chariandy (and I doubt it will win.), Barbara Gowdy makes the short list for this one with a book that I do not consider one of her best, and Heather O'Neill makes an appearance with a book for the very first time.