Mark your calendars, the 2017 Scotiabank Giller Prize gala ceremony is fast approaching! This year's event will air live on CBC television at 8pm on Monday, November 20th (and will be livestreamed at CBCBooks.ca). In addition, the gala will air simultaneously as a broadcast special on CBC Radio One, hosted by The Next Chapter’s Shelagh Rogers and CBC’s q books columnist (and MFA grad!) Jael Richardson.
Notable among the finalists for its University of Guelph MFA ties is Michelle Winters' I Am a Truck from Picton Ontario's Invisible Publishing. The indie publisher, helmed by alumna Leigh Nash since 2015, released its very first title ten short years ago and this marks Invisible's debut on the Giller short list (though fellow MFA alumna Elisabeth De Mariaffi's short story collection, How to Get Along with Women, secured a spot on the long list in 2013).
“This is a pretty good tenth anniversary present,” Leigh told the Globe and Mail. “It's an exciting list, and I'm thrilled to be on it. I'm thrilled Michelle's work is on it. I'm thrilled more people are going to read our books—my head is spinning."
Running a small press, in addition to juggling multiple hats, requires having a keen eye for talent. Nash discovered Winters' manuscript in the slush pile. She was taken by the vibrant characters and sense of humour and the book became the second she edited for the press. “It sets the bar pretty high,” she told the Toronto Star, laughing. Pretty good instincts. We look forward to see what Leigh brings us next...