The Giller Project

One of the reasons I started Roughing It In The Books was because of the Pulitzer Project. I thought it was a shame I was reading all of these American novels when there were so many Canadian novels I haven’t read. No offense to any Americans reading this blog or any American authors but sometimes it is good to know about your own country.

The Gillers are Canada’s big literary prize and were started in 1994.


  • The Bishop’s Man by Linden MacIntyre (winner)
  • The Disappeared by Kim Echlin (Nov. 09)
  • The Golden Mean by Annabel Lyon (Nov. 26, troche 09)
  • Fall by Colin McAdam (Oct. 09)
  • The Winter Vault by Anne Michaels


  • Through Black Spruce by Joseph Boyden (winner)
  • Barnacle Love by Anthony De Sa
  • Good to a Fault by Marina Endicott
  • Cockroach by Rawi Hage
  • The Boys in the Trees by Mary Swan


  • Late Nights on Air by Elizabeth Hay (winner) March 2008
  • Divisadero by Michael Ondaatje
  • A Secret Between Us by Daniel Poliquin
  • The Assassin’s Song by M. G. Vassanji
  • Effigy by Alissa York


  • Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures by Vincent Lam (winner)
  • De Niro’s Game by Rawi Hage
  • The Perfect Circle by Pascale Quiviger
  • The Immaculate Conception by Gaetan Soucy
  • Home Schooling by Carol Windley


  • The Time In Between by David Berger (winner)
  • Luck by Joan Barfoot
  • Sweetness in the Belly by Camilla Gibb
  • Alligator by Lisa Moore
  • A Wall of Light by Edeet Ravel


  • Runaway by Alice Munro (winner)
  • The Tiger Claw by Shauna Singh Baldwin
  • All That Matters by Wayson Choy
  • Beyond Measure by Pauline Holdstock
  • Galveston by Paul Quarrington
  • A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews


  • The In-Between World of Vikram Lall by M. G. Vassanji (winner)
  • Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
  • The Island Walkers by John Bemrose
  • Kilter: 55 Fictions by John Gould
  • The Way the Crow Flies by Ann-Marie MacDonald


  • The Polished Hoe by Austin Clarke (winner)
  • Mount Appetite by Bill Gaston
  • The Navigator of New York by Wayne Johnston
  • Open by Lisa Moore
  • Unless by Carol Shields


  • Clara Callan by Richard B. Wright (winner)
  • The Russlander by Sandra Birdsell
  • River Thieves by Michael Crummey
  • Martin Sloane by Michael Redhill
  • Stanley Park by Timothy Taylor
  • The Stone Carvers by Jane Urquhart


  • Mercy Among the Children by David Adams Richards (winner) (Feb. 1, buy more about 2009)
  • Anil’s Ghost by Michael Ondaatje (winner)
  • Burridge Unbound by Alan Cumyn
  • A Student of Weather by Elizabeth Hay
  • Monkey Beach by Eden Robinson
  • The Trade by Fred Stenson


  • A Good House by Bonnie Burnard (winner)
  • Pilgrim by Timothy Findley
  • Am I Disturbing You by Anne Hebert
  • The Mark of the Angel by Nancy Huston
  • Summer Gone by David MacFarlane


  • The Love of a Good Woman by Alice Munro (winner)
  • Childhood by Andre Alexis
  • A Recipe for Bees by Gail Anderson-Dargatz
  • The White Bone by Barbara Gowdy
  • The Healer by Greg Hollingshead
  • The Colony of Unrequited Dreams by Wayne Johnston


  • Barney’s Version by Mordecai Richler (winner)
  • The Projectionist by Michael Helm
  • Cereus Blooms at Night by Shani Mootoo
  • Where She Has Gone by Nino Ricci
  • Larry’s Party by Carol Shields


  • Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood (winner)
  • The Cure for Death by Lightening by Gail Anderson-Dargatz
  • Fall on Your Knees by Ann-Marie MacDonald
  • Fugitive Pieces by Anne Michaels
  • The Englishman’s Boy by Guy Vanderhaeghe


  • A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry (winner)
  • The Piano Man’s Daughter by Timothy Findley
  • Mister Sandman by Barbara Gowdy
  • Like This by Leo McKay Jr.
  • The Age of Longing by Richard B. Wright


  • The Book of Secrets by M. G. Vassanji (winner)
  • Casino and Other Stories by Bonnie Burnard
  • What You Need by Eliza Clark
  • Funny Boy by Shyam Selvadurai
  • The Museum of Love by Steve Weiner

Books I have read have been crossed out.

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