Thursday, April 7, 2011

Scotiabank Giller Prize Event: first time in Montreal: Save the date! April 30, 2011 6pm

The answer to yesterday's quiz is the subject of today's post (congratulations to our winner). The two books have two things in common as our winner indicated: they are both Scotiabank Giller Prize winning books AND their writers are both to be featured on stage at the Chapelle-Notre-Dame-de-Bonsecours in Old Montreal on April 30, 2011 at 6pm for a very exciting night of conversation with two Canadian literary stars.

2010 Scotiabank Giller Prize-Winner, Johanna Skibsrud
The onstage interview will be an intimate conversation with Johanna Skibsrud, author of The Sentimentalists, a fascinating novel which explores the relationship between a daughter and her handyman, Vietnam vet father, a book The Guardian praised as "concealing harrowing depths of feeling and its exploration of the mystery that is one's father." In one of the biggest literary upsets in years, Skibsrud took home the Scotiabank Giller Prize in late 2010 surprising everyone, not least the author herself.

2009 Scotiabank Giller Prize-Winner, Linden MacIntyre
In addition to Johanna, author and investigative journalist, Linden MacIntyre will on stage to discuss his 2009 Scotiabank Giller Prize-winning book, The Bishop's Man, about a banished priest waiting out his days in rural Cape Breton, caught up in the bureaucracy of the church. MacIntyre is an award-winning reporter and has been with CBC's The Fifth Estate for many years and has reported from all over the globe.

Held at the Chapelle-Notre-Dame-de-Bonsecours (also known as "the sailor's church), the event promises to be one of the spring literary highlights in the city: a gorgeous venue, beautiful music, and sparkling literary conversation.

Hosted by CBC's Carol Off, the event and the evening will be one you're not soon to forget! Get your tickets now; they are selling fast!

Make an evening of it: an early dinner, a stroll through the cobblestone streets of Old Montreal, attend the event and then walk back to the venue hotel and see Noah Richler interview Indian-American writer Amitav Ghosh at 8pm at the Holiday Inn - Select Centreville.


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