The Beggar’s Opera, I’m thrilled to announce, won the 2012 Reader’s Choice for the Giller Prize, and thanks so much to everyone who voted!
There were over 10,000 votes cast, as well as thousands of nominations! The fact that so many people voted (and voted and voted) for their favourite books is a tribute to devoted fans everywhere, so hats off to all of you who took the time to support your favourite book, and congratulations to each and every author on the list.
The complete list of the Top Ten books is here. Now go out and buy them!
Today was also the day that the Giller Prize jury released its longlist. I didn’t expect to see The Beggar’s Opera or any mystery novel, for that matter, on the Giller longlist. ( I don’t know if Penguin Canada even submitted TBO, to be honest. The fact it appeared on the eligible list simply means it was published within the requisite time period. And I’ll never know. These decisions are kept very close, and involve heartwrenching decisions by each publisher.)
Unsurprisingly, this year’s longlist doesn’t include any mysteries, although it is an interesting and eclectic mix for sure. (Although it is surprising to see the Quill and Quire describe Will Ferguson’s 419, one of the longlisted novels, as a “thriller.” Has the jury finally broken through the genre barrier? I haven’t read the book, but here’s hoping!)
An interesting and unusual list was to be expected from a jury as interesting and eclectic as one formed of Anna Porter, Roddie Doyle and Gary Shteyngart. (The book trailer for Gary Shteyngart’s latest novel, Super Sad True, below, absolutely cracked me up.)
Now really, when you see that, can you imagine how much fun that jury must have had?
I had my fingers crossed for Tanis Rideout’s Above All Things as well as for Yeijide Kilanko’s Daughters Who Walk Among US (another Penguin Canada author). Sadly, they didn’t make it on the longlist but then, beautiful books are missed each and every year. With 142 books to debate, I’m sure there were many trade-offs and compromises made by the jury in reaching their final picks.
But sincere congratulations to all of those who did make the longlist — you must be walking on air! I’m sure that waiting to see who will end up on the shortlist will be excruciating but also exciting. Whatever happens, let’s hope your sales soar.
And congrats to my fantastic publisher, Penguin, for its success this year. Two books published by Penguin: 419, as mentioned, and Y by Marjorie Celona made the cut, so I know which books I’ll be rooting for!
For more information on these, and all the other longlisted books, click here.