2019 Scotiabank Giller Prize Awarded to Ian Williams

November 19, 2019 | Book Buzz

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Reproduction by Ian Williams


The 2019 Scotiabank Giller Prize was presented to Ian Williams for his debut novel Reproduction at a gala in Toronto on November 17, 2019. Williams is an award-winning poet and creative writing professor at University of British Columbia. He grew up in Brampton, Ontario, which is where the novel is set. Experimental in form, Reproduction tells the story of the random circumstances that allow people to meet and form families. The jury praised the novel stating that "[i]t'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". 

The Scotiabank Giller prize is the most lucrative literary award in Canada. As the winning author, Williams receives $100,000 and the other finalists each take home $10,000.



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