The Scotiabank Giller Prize Shortlist Available in Accessible Formats
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Congratulations to the five shortlist finalists of the Scotiabank Giller Prize! Thanks to the support of The Scotiabank Giller Prize, we are excited to announce the shortlisted titles are available in accessible formats to readers with print disabilities through the National Network for Equitable Library Service (NNELS), on the same day that they are announced across the country.
“We are proud to support NNELS in their efforts to bring these outstanding authors to a wider audience, particularly those without access to traditional published books,” said Elana Rabinovitch, Executive Director of The Scotiabank Giller Prize. While approximately 10% of Canadians cannot read standard books due to print disabilities related to vision, mobility, or cognitive impairments, less than 5% of printed material is available in accessible formats. “We share a commitment to reading excellent Canadian writing, no matter the format,” said Ben Hyman, Executive Director of the BC Libraries Cooperative, on behalf of NNELS.
The shortlist titles appear below, and are also available through the NNELS Giller Prize 2015 collection. Can you predict which author will win this year’s prize? Find out on November 10th!
About the Scotiabank Giller Prize
The Scotiabank Giller Prize strives to highlight the very best in Canadian fiction year after year. The prize awards $100,000 annually to the author of the best Canadian novel or short story collection published in English and $10,000 to each of the finalists. The award is named in honour of the late literary journalist Doris Giller and was founded in 1994 by her husband, Toronto businessman Jack Rabinovitch. Visit us at http://www.scotiabankgillerprize.ca
About the National Network for Equitable Library Service (NNELS)
NNELS is a digital public library of downloadable titles for people in Canada with perceptual disabilities. It is also a growing network of provincial and territorial governments, readers, community and advocacy organizations, librarians, publishers, and accessible format producers from across the country, all working together to increase access to Canadian libraries’ collections of print material. NNELS is funded and supported by the provincial governments of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and Yukon. Please visit nnels.ca for more information.
Michelle Kadarusman, Scotiabank Giller Prize
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Ben Hyman, BC Libraries Cooperative (on behalf of NNELS)
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The Scotiabank Giller Prize Shortlist Titles, 2015
Arvida, by Samuel Archibald
Fifteen Dogs, by André Alexis
Outline, by Rachel Cusk (Please note: this title is available commercially. Please check your local library’s collection for the audiobook or ebook. If you have any issues with getting this title in a format that is accessible to you, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org)
Daydreams of Angels, by Heather O’Neill
Martin John: a Footnote to Malarky, by Anakana Schofield
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