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Booker Prize contenders make Scotiabank Giller shortlist

5th October 2011

Patrick deWitt's The Sisters Brothers and Esi Edugyan's Half-Blood Blues have been shortlisted for the 2011 Scotiabank Giller Prize, just a month after making the Man Booker Prize shortlist.

The two novels are among the six contenders for the CAN 50,000 prize, which is awarded each year to the author of the best Canadian novel or short story collection published in English.

Other shortlisted candidates include David Bezmozgis' The Free World, Lynn Coady's The Antagonist and The Cat's Table by former Man Booker Prize and Scotiabank Giller Prize winner Michael Ondaatje.

Zsuzsi Gartner completes the shortlist with her short story collection Better Living Through Plastic Explosives.

The winner of the award will be announced on November 8th and will follow in the footsteps of Johanna Skibsrud, whose novel The Sentimentalists triumphed in 2010.

Last year's judging panel described the novel as 'trip-wire taut, as the exploration of guilt, family and duty unfolds'.

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