Scotiabank Giller Prize

As Giller Prize winner Johanna Skibsrud’s The Sentimentalists hits bookstores this week, CTV announced today that more than 2.64 million unique viewers have watched CTV Inc.’s multiple presentations of the 2010 Scotiabank GILLER PRIZE.

In addition to the televised broadcasts, the live stream of the star-studded gala on on Nov. 9 more than doubled its audiences compared to last year.

CTV’s Giller Effect is expected to once again help to boost sales of Skibsrud’s novel, as experienced with last year’s winner, The Bishop’s Man, which saw sales jump 712% following CTV’s 2009 broadcast.

Canada and the world saw Skibsrud take home the grand prize during live broadcasts on Bravo!, BookTelevision and, followed by multiple encore broadcasts throughout the past two weeks on CTV, /A\ and Star!. In addition, CTV’s family of channels and programs supported the Scotiabank GILLER PRIZE with dozens of hours of complimentary programming for Canada’s richest literary prize, including CTV’s One Country 5 Books campaign which saw thousands of Canadians pledge their intention to read one or more of the shortlisted books in its inaugural year.

“Canadians love buying the books and celebrating their authors,” said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc. “CTV is very proud of its commitment to the Giller Prize.”

Viewers can still watch the full gala at and find excerpts from all nominated books, author profiles, articles and more Giller information. 

7:00pm – Saturday, November 13 on /A

Also airs at 7 p.m. AT on /A Atlantic and 7p.m. MT on ACCESS

Hosted by CTV’s Seamus O’Regan, the 2010 Scotiabank GILLER PRIZE gala honours its 17th winner of Canada’s richest literary award. The Scotiabank Giller Prize awards $50,000 annually to the winning author and $5,000 to each of the finalists.

10:00am – Wednesday, November 10 on CTV

Hosted by CTV’s Seamus O’Regan, the 2010 Scotiabank GILLER PRIZE gala honours its 17th winner of Canada’s richest literary award. The Scotiabank GILLER PRIZE awards $50,000 annually to the winning author of the best Canadian novel or short story collection and $5,000 to each of the finalists.

CTV announced today its roster of presenters and additional broadcast details for tomorrow’s 2010 Scotiabank GILLER PRIZE, airing live on Tuesday, Nov. 9 at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo!, BookTelevision and

Legendary singer Anne Murray; Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy; Maclean’s columnist and award-winning author, Barbara Amiel Black; 2009 Scotiabank Giller Prize recipient Linden MacIntyre (The Bishop’s Man); and multiple award-winning CTV News anchor Lisa LaFlamme have all been confirmed to attend and present at this year’s award ceremony, hosted by CTV’s Seamus O’Regan.

Encore presentations of the 2010 Scotiabank GILLER PRIZE also air in HD on CTV on Wednesday, Nov. 10 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. ET and throughout the week on CTV, /A\, Bravo!, BookTelevision and Star!

Renowned filmmaker Bruce MacDonald (Roadkill, Hard Core Logo) has also signed on to produce and direct the broadcast’s opening short film, a special tribute to the Giller Prize. Voicing the ceremony’s unique author profiles is five-time Gemini award-winning actor Gordon Pinsent, who will also be in attendance.

During the broadcast, the celebrity presenters introduce video profiles of the shortlisted authors and present each author with a leather-bound copy of their nominated book. As well, the broadcast includes an “Exquisite Corpse” video exercise, in which the five shortlisted authors contribute to an original “short story”, line by line. Also, highlights from CTV’s inaugural One Country 5 Books literacy campaign will be revealed.

— Canada’s Premier Prize for Fiction, Now Celebrating Its 15th Year, Names a Winner —

Toronto, ON (November 11, 2008) – Joseph Boyden was named the winner of the 15th annual Scotiabank Giller Prize tonight for his novel Through Black Spruce, published by Viking Canada. The announcement was made at a black-tie dinner and award ceremony broadcast that drew more than 500 members of the publishing, media and arts communities.

Hosted by Canada AM’s Seamus O’Regan, THE SCOTIABANK GILLER PRIZE gala aired live tonight at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo! Encore broadcasts of the event will air on CTV tomorrow, Wednesday, November 12 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. ET (check local listings). The gala was also streamed to readers around the world on, via the website, and is currently available on demand on the CTV Video Player at

The largest annual prize for fiction in the country, the Scotiabank Giller Prize awards $50,000 each year to the author of the best Canadian novel or short story collection published in English and $5,000 to each of the finalists. A shortlist of five authors and their books was announced on October 7, 2008. Those finalists were:

· Joseph Boyden for his novel Through Black Spruce, published by Viking Canada

· Anthony De Sa for his short story collection Barnacle Love, published by Doubleday Canada

· Marina Endicott for her novel Good to a Fault, published by Freehand Books/Broadview Press

· Rawi Hage for his novel Cockroach, published by House of Anansi Press

· Mary Swan for her novel The Boys in the Trees, published by Henry Holt/H.B. Fenn

Selected by an esteemed jury panel comprised of award winning author and previous Giller Prize winner Margaret Atwood; Liberal MP, Foreign Affairs critic and author Bob Rae; and renowned international journalist, professor and author Colm Toíbín, the five finalists were chosen from 95 books submitted for consideration by 38 publishing houses from every region of the country.

Of the winning book, the jury remarked:

Suzanne Bird, a beautiful aboriginal model from the James Bay coast, goes missing in New York. In a gripping story filled with humour, suspense, and remarkable insights into both nature and human nature, Joseph Boyden takes us on two journeys. Suzanne’s sister Annie retraces her sister’s steps, from the Native poverty below the Gardiner Expressway to the extravagant fast lanes of New York. Will, their uncle, follows a very different path as he deals with the demons of memory, revenge, and darkest loss. In spare prose that ranges from lyrical to brutal, the two journeys are brought together brilliantly. Joseph Boyden shows us unforgettable characters and a northern landscape in a way we have never seen them before.

Joseph Boyden is a Canadian with Irish, Scottish and Métis roots. His first novel, Three Day Road, has been published in 10 languages. The book was selected for The Today Show Book Club, won the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, the CBA Libris Awards Fiction Book of the Year, the in Canada First Novel Award, the 2005 McNally Robinson Aboriginal Book of the Year Award, and was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award. Boyden is the author of Born with a Tooth, a collection of stories that was shortlisted for the Upper Canada Writer’s Craft Award. Boyden divides his time between Northern Ontario and Louisiana, where he teaches writing at the University of New Orleans.

During tonight’s award ceremony, a roster of celebrity presenters – Rex Harrington, Alan Hawco, Dr. Vincent Lam, Alice Munro, and Dr. Samantha Nutt – introduced video profiles of the shortlisted authors, and presented each of them with a leather bound copy of their book.

Guess the Giller

Now in its sixth year, the Guess the Giller contest ran in over 30 public library systems. One hundred and seventy five bookstores including Chapters Indigo, post-secondary schools, literary festivals and over 1000 Scotiabank branches have promoted the contest to Canadian readers and the Indigo online book community has set up discussion forums for readers to debate and deliberate on the shortlist. The annual contest gives participants the chance to win a trip for two to any Canadian literary festival of their choice and a signed Scotiabank Giller Prize book set, a package valued at $5,000. For more information, please visit

CTV Ratings Alert – November 8, 2007

Nearly 2 Million Viewers Watch The 2007 Scotiabank Giller Prize as CTV
Congratulates Winner Elizabeth Hay

Canada’s most acclaimed literary award returned to television for another glitzy presentation of the prestigious Scotiabank Giller Prize this week. In all, more than 1.9 million Canadians watched some part of the broadcasts on Bravo! and CTV. In addition, CTV’s series of seven, 30-minute Giller profiles aired to a cumulative 1.6 million viewers on CTV.

Last night at 8 p.m., 330,000 viewers tuned in to CTV to see Elizabeth Hay win The 2007 Scotiabank Giller Prize for her novel Late Nights on Air. Taking home the grand prize of $40,000, Hay’s win was also watched by 103,000 Canadian literature fans earlier in the day on CTV at 10 a.m. ET. Bravo!’s live broadcast of The Giller Prize on Tuesday night generated 24,000 viewers, up 33% from when The Giller Prize last aired on Bravo! in 2003. CTV and Bravo!’s cumulative audience (457,000 viewers) for The Giller Prize compares favourably with last month’s broadcast of The 22nd Annual Gemini Awards (447,000 viewers).

A series of half-hour profiles of the short-listed authors, Vincent Lam and Prize founder Jack Rabinovitch also generated significant daytime audiences on CTV in the days leading up to the Giller broadcast. On Monday, the eve of The Giller Prize broadcast, a profile of last year’s winner Vincent Tam drew 266,000 viewers at 1 p.m.

“Congratulations to Elizabeth Hay and all of this year’s finalists,” said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc. “As proven once again by these audience numbers, Canadians want to be part of this magical evening. We’re proud to support the Prize and all that it
represents for literature in this country.”

For the second year in a row, The Giller Prize was streamed online on The CTV Broadband Network at and, bringing Canadian literature to the world. The broadcast is still available on demand at and along with additional exclusive Giller Prize coverage.

All audience figures represent preliminary overnight data from BBM Nielsen Media Research.