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Thursday, October 05, 2006

Giller Prize Five

TORONTO (Reuters) - Five authors were shortlisted on Tuesday as finalists for the country's top literary award, the Scotiabank Giller Prize.

Rawi Hage was nominated for his novel "De Niro's Game," while Vincent Lam got a nod for his short story collection "Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures."

Pascale Quiviger was recognized for her novel "The Perfect Circle" and Gaetan Soucy for his "The Immaculate Conception." Carol Windley was nominated for her short story collection "Home Schooling."

The finalists were chosen from 101 books submitted by 36 publishing houses.

This year's jury includes former Governor General Adrienne Clarkson and authors Alice Munro and Michael Winter.

The prize purse is C$50,000 with C$40,000 going to the winner, and C$2,500 being given to each of the four finalists. The winner is to be announced on November 7.

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