The Sentimentalists Wins The 2010 Scotiabank Giller Prize

November 17, 2010

The largest annual literary prize in Canada, the Scotiabank Giller Prize awards $50,000 to the author of the best Canadian novel or short story collection published in English. Johanna Skibsrud’s debut novel connects the flooding of an Ontario town, the Vietnam War, a trailer in North Dakota and an unfinished boat in Maine. Parsing family history, worn childhood memories, and the palimpsest of old misunderstandings, Skibsrud’s narrator maps her father’s past. Read more about the book at Gaspereau Press’ site here.

Gaspereau Press is dedicated to an artisanal style of publishing including letter-press printing the covers of their books. With the Giller Prize creating not only a much greater demand for copies of the book in Canada but the United States as well, Gaspereau has agreed to a trade paperback edition from a large Canadian publisher to meet the sudden demand of readers. Look for the book and ebook to be available in the U.S. soon.