'Book of Negroes' author Lawrence Hill to sit on Giller Prize jury

TORONTO -- "The Book of Negroes" author Lawrence Hill will be among the five-member jury for this year's Scotiabank Giller Prize.

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The homegrown literary award announced two other Canadians -- New Republic senior editor Jeet Heer, and former Giller finalist Kathleen Winter, who was nominated for "Annabel" -- as part of the lineup.

British author Samantha Harvey, who was previously nominated for the Orange Prize and the Man Booker Prize, and Alan Warner, the Scottish writer of eight novels including "The Stars in the Bright Sky," round out the list.

Together the jury will pick this year's winner of the best Canadian novel or short story collection published in English.

The long list of Giller contenders will be revealed on Sept. 6, while the short list will be unveiled on Sept. 26.

An awards gala will be held at Toronto's Ritz-Carlton on Nov. 8.

The winning author receives $100,000 while the other finalists will get $10,000.

The Giller Prize, founded in 1994, is named after the late literary journalist Doris Giller.



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