Atwood & the Giller Prize


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Atwood & the Giller Prize

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Editado: Nov 30, 2008, 12:48am

From what I can see, Margaret Atwood has been a judge on the Giller Prize jury panel twice, in 2000 and in 1998. Have you read the book that won, and what did you think of it?

2000 winner: tie between Mercy Among the Children, by David Adams Richards and Anil's Ghost, by Michael Ondaatje. I'm really curious how they ended up with a tie when there are only three jury members. Obviously, I don't understand how they vote. Anyway, as for the books, I loved Anil's Ghost, and the Richards is on my TBR stack.

1998 winner: The Love of a Good Woman, Alice Munro
I also own this one, but haven't read it yet.

As for Atwood's own nomination and prize record (in case you're interested):

2003- shortlisted, Oryx and Crake
1996- winner, Alias Grace

The more I look at the this awards winners, nominees, and ignored books, the stranger I think it is. Why do we as readers care about some awards that seem to be given under hermeneutic rules?

Nov 30, 2008, 8:12am

I'm guessing a 'tie' means the three of them decided it so by means of consensus.

I haven't read these two winners. Wouldn't one have to look at all the winners to speculate on what the judges are looking for? Certainly the term 'best' can be interpreted many ways (if 'best book' is what they are looking for).