Word nerds unite! The Calgary Scotiabank Giller Light Bash tonight (Oct. 30) will feature a totally biased hometown cheering section for Will Ferguson.
The Calgary author made the shortlist for 419, a literary thriller that hopscotches the globe as a daughter tries to track down those she holds responsible for her father’s death. The Giller jury lauded Ferguson for his work, calling him “a master at dialogue and suspense,” adding that 419 is “something entirely new: the Global Novel.” The other finalists for the award are: The Imposter Bride by Nancy Richler, Kim Thuy’s Ru, Whirl Away by Russell Wangersky and Alix Ohlin’s Inside. The $50,000 annual prize is awarded to the author of the best Canadian novel or short story collection published in English, as chosen by a three-person jury.
The CBC’s Russell Bowers hosts the event, which features “Guess the Giller” and a raffle for prizes such as passes for the Calgary Folk Fest, gift cards and two tickets to the WordFest presentation of Will Ferguson on Nov. 13. How meta would that one be? Tickets, $10 each, are available online or at Pages on Kensington. It all goes down at Amsterdam Rhino, 607 11th Ave. S.W., and proceeds go to Frontier College, a cross-Canada volunteer organization that provides literacy programs. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the awards will be livestreamed from Toronto. The party is presented by Frontier College, Pages on Kensington, WordFest and the Writers Guild of Alberta.
Here’s Ferguson’s take on online scammers to get you in the mood.