Awards: Scotiabank Giller Winner; Costa Shortlists

Michael Redhill won the C$100,000 (US$78,300) Scotiabank Giller Prize, presented annually "to the author of the best Canadian novel or short story collection published in English," for his novel Bellevue Square. The other five finalists received C$10,000 each.

The judges wrote: "To borrow a line from Michael Redhill's beautiful Bellevue Square, 'I do subtlety in other areas of my life.' So let's look past the complex literary wonders of this book, the doppelgangers and bifurcated brains and alternate selves, the explorations of family, community, mental health, and literary life. Let's stay straightforward, and tell you that beyond the mysterious elements, this novel is warm, and funny, and smart. Let's celebrate that it is, simply, a pleasure to read." 


Shortlists for the 2017 Costa Book Awards have been released. Category winners, who each receive £5,000 (about $6,620), will be announced January 2, with the overall £30,000 (about $39,715) Costa Book of the Year winner named January 30. The nominees:

Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor
Under a Pole Star by Stef Penney
Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie
Tin Man by Sarah Winman

First novel
The Clocks in This House All Tell Different Times by Xan Brooks
Montpelier Parade by Karl Geary
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
The Haunting of Henry Twist by Rebecca F John

Once Upon a Time in the East: A Story of Growing Up by Xiaolu Guo
A Bold and Dangerous Family: The Rossellis and the Fight Against Mussolini by Caroline Moorehead
In the Days of Rain by Rebecca Stott
Fragile Lives: A Heart Surgeon's Stories of Life and Death on the Operating Table by Stephen Westaby

Kumukanda by Kayo Chingonyi
Inside the Wave by Helen Dunmore
On Balance by Sinéad Morrissey
Useful Verses by Richard Osmond

Children's book
Moonrise by Sarah Crossan
Wed Wabbit by Lissa Evans
The Island at the End of Everything by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
The Explorer by Katherine Rundell 

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