The 2019 Scotiabank Giller Prize Winner


Congratulations to Ian Williams whose novel Reproduction was named the 2019 Giller Prize winner!


As many of you already know, the Shadow Giller jury chose two books as our winners this yearThe Innocents by Michael Crummey and Reproduction by Ian Williams – so we’re clearly thrilled to see Ian Williams take home the prize.

Congratulations to all the longlisted and shortlisted books! And let’s not forget all the rest of the great books being published in Canada this year! (Does anyone else ever wonder which books almost make the longlist?)


You can read more about the winner here. And you can watch the broadcast of the gala here.


What the jurors had to say about Reproduction: ““Ian Williams’s Reproduction is many things at once. It’s an engrossing story of disparate people brought together and also a masterful unfolding of unexpected connections and collisions between and across lives otherwise separated by race, class, gender and geography. It’s a pointed and often playful plotting out of individual and shared stories in the close spaces of hospital rooms, garages, mansions and apartments, and a symphonic performance of resonant and dissonant voices, those of persons wanting to impress persuade, deny, or beguile others, and always trying again.”


That’s the end of the Giller Prize season for another year. We hope you’ve enjoyed following our Shadow Giller proceedings, reviews and tweets over the past two months. We’ve had a brilliant time doing it and read some wonderful books in the process. 

Thanks so much for your support, and we’ll see you again next year!



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2 Responses to “The 2019 Scotiabank Giller Prize Winner”

  1. Lisa Hill Says:

    Thanks for all your work and effort!

    Liked by 1 person

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