André Alexis Wins 2015 Scotiabank Giller Prize

November 11, 2015 | Book Buzz

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Fifteen dogs André Alexis

This year, the lucrative Scotiabank Giller Prize has been awarded to André Alexis for his novel Fifteen Dogs: an Apologue. In the novel, 15 dogs are granted human intelligence by Apollo and Hermes in order to settle a bet about whether intelligence is an important factor in happiness. The novel recently won the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize. It was also shortlisted for the Toronto Book Award. 

Fifteen Dogs: An Apologue by André Alexis

This year's other finalists are:

Arvida Daydreams of angels

Martin john


Arvida by Samuel Archibald
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Arvida by Samuel Archibald describes life in his hometown Arvida, Quebec, a planned community built in the 1920s as a model town for employees of the Alcoa Aluminum Company and their families. The collection of short stories was published in French in 2011 and won Quebec Prix Des Libraries and Prix Coup de cœur Renaud-Bray. 

Daydreams of Angels by Heather O'Neill
Heather O'Neill was also on the Scotiabank Giller Prize shortlist in 2014, for her novel, The Girl who was Saturday Night. Daydreams of Angels is a collection of quirky and inventive short stories.

Martin John by Anakana Schofield
Anakana Schofield has told the CBC that "it was quite terrifying writing this book". Martin John profiles a severely disturbed sexual offender. 

Outline by Rachel Cusk
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Rachel Cusk was born in Toronto and now lives and works in London. In Outline, a writer spends a week in Athens teaching a writing workshop. The book is a series of conversations she has with the people she encounters during the trip. The novel was nominated for the Goldsmiths Prize, Bailey Prize, Folio Prize and Governor General's Literary Award for Fiction.