Telegram editorial page editor Russell Wangersky has been named to the 2012 Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist for “Whirl Away,” a collection of short stories published by Thomas Allen Publishers.
The Giller prize is among the most prestigious and lucrative literary prizes in Canada, awarding $50,000 each year to the author of the best Canadian novel or short story collection published in English, and $5,000 to each of the finalists. This year, the jury — novelist/screenwriter Roddy Doyle, bestselling author Gary Shteyngart and Anna Porter, founder of Key Porter Books — read 142 submissions, narrowing them down to 13.
It is Wangersky's second time on the Giller Prize longlist, having made the list in 2006 for his first collection of short stories "The Hour of Bad Decisions."
Other books on the longlist this year are “Y” by Marjorie Celona, “Our Daily Bread” by Lauren Davis, “My Life Among the Apes” by Cary Fagan, “419” by Will Ferguson, “Dr. Brinkley’s Tower” by Robert Hough, “One Good Hustle” by Billie Livingston, “The Sweet Girl” by Annabel Lyon, “Inside” by Alix Ohlin, “Everybody Has Everything” by Katrina Onstad, “The Emperor of Paris” by C. S. Richardson, “The Imposter Bride” by Nancy Richler, and “Ru” by Kim Thuy.
The Giller prize finalists will be announced Oct. 1, and the winner will be named Oct. 30.