Aminatta Forna is set to judge Canada’s Scotiabank Giller Prize 2019. She will be joined by four other judges.
The Giller Prize was founded in 1994 by Jack Rabinovitch in honour of his late wife, literary journalist Doris Giller, who passed away from cancer the year before. The award recognized excellence in Canadian fiction – long format or short stories – and endowed a cash prize annually of $25,000.00, the largest purse for literature in the country.
In 2005, The Giller Prize teamed up with Scotiabank to create the Scotiabank Giller Prize. It is the first-ever co-sponsorship for Canada’s richest literary award for fiction. The purse increased from $25,000 to $50,000, grew again in 2008 to $70,000, and increased to $140,000 in 2014.
Previous winners of this prize include Nobel Prize winner Alice Munro, Esi Edugyan, Michael Ondaatjie, and Margaret Atwood.
This year Sierra Leone author Aminatta Forna is one of the judges for the prize. Forna is an award-winning novelist, essayist, and memoirist. Her novels include Happiness, The Hired Man and The Memory of Love, which won the Commonwealth Writers Prize, the Aidoo Snyder Prize, and Germany’s Literaturpreis. Her work has been translated into more than 20 languages and her essays on society, politics, and culture have appeared in Freeman’s, Granta, The Guardian, The Nation and The New York Review of Books. Forna is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a recipient of a Windham Campbell Award.