Brampton’s Ian Williams won the 2019 Scotiabank Giller Prize on Monday for his novel Reproduction, which is also set in Brampton.
Williams is to receive the $100,000 prize which was awarded at a gala hosted by the multi-talented Jann Arden and fellow Bramptonian Jael Richardson. Richardson is an author herself and the founder of Brampton’s Festival of Literary Diversity.
As Williams accepted the prize he told the audience the story of how the first book he ever bought with his own money was by Margaret Atwood. Atwood herself was in the audience.
Reproduction tells the story of cross-cultural relationships, family, and chosen family and it all takes place in Brampton. Indeed, the jury who decided the prize said Williams was “masterful [in his] unfolding of unexpected connections and collisions between and across lives otherwise separated by race, class, gender and geography.”
Published by Random House Canada, Reproduction was a finalist for the Amazon First Novel Award this year, and was also a finalist for the Toronto Book Award.
The other five Giller finalists will each get a $10,000 prize and they are:
- Toronto writer David Bezmozgis, who was nominated for his collection of short fiction, Immigrant City.
- Megan Gail Coles of St. John’s, Newfoundland, received the nomination for her first novel, Small Game Hunting at the Local Coward Gun Club.
- Fellow St. John’s author Michael Crummey was nominated for his novel The Innocents.
- Alix Ohlin, based in Vancouver but from Montreal, was nominated for her novel Dual Citizens.
- Victoria, BC author Steven Price received the nomination for his novel Lampedusa.