Today, Canadians can now find “book bundles” containing the 5 shortlisted novels in hundreds of small free libraries across the country. This collaboration is an important part of Scotiabank’s support of Canadian literary arts and will allow more Canadians to access the novels shortlisted for the prize and promote the work of some of the from Canada the most talented and diverse authors.
“Our mission for Little Free Library is to be a catalyst to build community, inspire readers, and expand access to books for everyone,” said Greig Metzger, Executive Director, Little Free Library. “We are proud to be working with Scotiabank to bring the shortlisted Scotiabank Giller Prize novels to more readers. Placing brand new novels in our nationwide bookboxes for free is the perfect way to connect Canadians with some of the country’s best storytellers.
Little Free Library is a non-profit organization that strives to expand access to books for readers of all skill levels and interests. With more than 100,000 small free libraries worldwide, the initiative shares 42 million books with community readers each year.
“Scotiabank, at its very core, is committed to making a difference in the communities in which we operate and one of the ways we do this is through our partnership with the Scotiabank Giller Prize,” said declared John Doig, Executive Vice President, Retail Sales, Scotiabank. “By providing Canadians with more opportunities to access novels shortlisted for the Prize, we hope this initiative will create from Canada largest book club, and may readers of all ages, coast to coast, find solace, solace, adventure, action and learning in the talented selection of this year.”
Canadians can discover the shortlisted novels by visiting one of the from Canada Small free libraries in their neighborhoods. Scotiabank is also making space for Canadian stories on billboards and signs across the country through The Storyteller Shelves – where Canadians can scan a QR code and access an expanded overview of all the novels from the 2021 Scotiabank Giller Prize.
Between the Pages: An Evening with the Scotiabank Giller Prize Finalists will take place on November 4, 2021 at Koerner Hall. Hosted by Jael Richardson, it will be an hour of readings, questions and answers, and will take you inside the minds and creative lives of the 2021 shortlist writers. It will be streamed live on Prize website and Facebook and Youtube pages. For more information, please visit: www.scotiabankgillerprize.ca/news-events/events-and-important-dates.
Readers are encouraged to watch the 2021 Scotiabank Giller Prize broadcast on Monday, November 8 at 9 p.m. ET (10:00 a.m. AT/10:30 a.m. ET) on CBC and the Free Channel Gem of Radio-Canada streaming service, where the winner will be announced. A live stream will begin at 9 p.m. ET on Radio-Canada Booksand a special will air on CBC Radio One and the free show CBC listening app to 9 p.m. ET (10 a.m. TA/10:30 a.m. NT).
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About the Scotiabank Giller Prize:
The Giller Prize, founded by Jack Rabinovitch in 1994, brings to light year after year the best of Canadian fiction. In 2005, the award partnered with Scotiabank which increased earnings 4x. The Scotiabank Giller Prize now awards $100,000 annually to the author of the best Canadian novel, graphic novel or collection of short stories published in English, and $10,000 to each of the finalists. More information on the novels and authors shortlisted for the Giller Prize is available at: www.scotiabankgillerprize.ca/live.
About the small free library:
Small free library is a nonprofit organization that operates more than 100,000 libraries in more than 100 countries around the world. Its mission is to be a catalyst to build community, inspire readers, and expand access to books for everyone through a global network of volunteer-run book sharing boxes. The Small Free Libraries are open seven days a week, 24 hours a day and are freely accessible to everyone, removing barriers to accessing books.
For further information: Kelty Reid, (437) 882-9438, [email protected]