Johanna Skibsrud Wins Scotiabank Giller Prize

Johanna Skibsrud

The Scotiabank Giller Prize is the most prestigious literary award a fiction-writer can receive in Canada, and for the first time in over a decade it has been awarded to a literary-rookie.

First-time novelist Johanna Skibsrud of Montreal won the award for her novel “The Sentimentalists.” Skibsrud, born in Nova Scotia, beat out 97 competitors for the award and is the first rookie novelist to receive the award since 1999. The novel is the tale of a father-daughter relationship, wrapped in the tragic memories of the Vietnam War. The book describes an ever changing relationship between the duo as the father slips further into senility.

The prize was first awarded in 1994 after a Toronto business man funded the award and named it after his wife, Doris Giller. The award is sponsored by Scotiabank who provides a $50,000 cash prize to each year’s winner.

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