Three writers with Mennonite roots nominated for 2021 Giller Prize 

October 1, 2021

Three books by writers with Mennonite roots have made the long list for the 2021 Scotiabank Giller Prize. Announced at the beginning of September, this year’s long list includes 12 books. Among them is Winnipeg-born, Windsor-based Casey Plett’s A Dream of a Woman. The short-fiction collection is the follow-up to Plett’s 2018 novel Little Fish, which won the Amazon First Novel Award. The list also includes Manitoba-born, Toronto-based Miriam Toews’s new novel Fight Night. Toews previously made the Giller short list in 2004 for A Complicated Kindness and in 2014 for All My Puny Sorrows. Finally, Winnipeg author Katherena Vermette’s second novel, The Strangers, made the long list. Released earlier this week, it’s the follow-up to her 2016 debut The Break, which won the Amazon First Novel Award. The short list will be announced on Oct. 5 and the winner will be announced on Nov. 8. The prize is worth $100,000.

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