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Johanna Skibsrud wins Scotiabank Giller Prize

11th November 2010

Johanna Skibsrud has won the 2010 Scotiabank Giller Prize for her novel The Sentimentalists.

The Scotiabank Giller Prize is the largest annual literary prize in Canada and awards CAD 50,000 (GBP 31,024) to the winner and CAD 5,000 (GBP 3,102) to each of the finalists.

A shortlist of five books was announced on October 5th and included David Bergen's The Matter with Morris, Alexander MacLeod's short story collection Light Lifting and Kathleen Winter's novel Annabel.

The Sentimentalists details a daughter's plight to learn more about the life of her dying father - a Vietnam war veteran.

His senility makes it increasingly difficult for the daughter to piece together the events on his tour of duty that changed his life forever.

'The writing here is tripwire taut as the exploration of guilt, family and duty unfolds,' said the judges of the prize.

Jack Rabinovitch founded the award in 1994 to honour the memory of his late wife Doris Giller, a literary journalist who died of cancer in 1993.

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