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October 02, 2000

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Reveling in the Giller

The shortlist for this year's $25,000 Giller Prize for best Canadian English fiction will be announced Wednesday and UVic writing professor (and book critic) Lynne Van Luven says the event deserves high profile.

"Literature is as much part of the cultural fabric of this country as hockey," says Van Luven. "If we can get excited about who wins the Stanley Cup, why not place bets on which author will win the Giller?"

Van Luven will be available for comment on this year's nominees.

"The Giller is a far glitzier prize than the Governor General's Award, and it seems to be noticing a younger, less mainstream kind of writing, which is a good thing."

The winner of Canada's richest literary award will be announced Nov. 2.

  Media Contacts:
Dr. Lynne Van Luven (Writing) at (250) 721-7307

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