Novelist Shani Mootoo who was born in Ireland to Trinidadian parents, is one of the five recently announced finalists for the 2020 Scotiabank Giller Prize.
Mootoo’s Polar Vortex is one of three novels shortlisted for the $100,000 Prize, the biggest in Canadian literature.
“A keen meditation on the complexities of identity and desire, Polar Vortex is the unsettling examination of a failing marriage,” says the jury citation.
Mootoo who grew up in Trinidad, and lives in Canada, holds a fine arts degree from the University of Western Ontario, writes fiction and poetry, and is a visual artist whose work has been exhibited locally and internationally.
The two other novels on the shortlist are Ridgerunner by Gil Adamson, and The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel.
Two short story collections have also made the shortlist – Here the Dark by David Bergen and How to Pronounce Knife by Souvankham Thammavongsa.
The shortlist was selected from 118 books that were submitted for consideration.
The winner of the 2020 Scotiabank Giller Prize will be announced in a virtual awards ceremony on Monday, Nov. 9.
The ceremony will be hosted by actor Eric McCormack and will feature musical guest Diana Krall.