The authors themselves might be too Canadian or not-enough, with matters of citizenship and residence the subject of complaint (say with Rachel Cusk or Eleanor Catton).
And whether too-Canadian or barely-Canadian, they’ll be expected to choose a side in the ongoing debate which has polarized the literary community here since 2016, related to a scandal in a west-coast creative writing program, in this “either-or” climate which affords no seating arrangements for “both-and” thinkers.
So, let’s assume that the Giller Prize longlist was an imperfect selection.
Then, we can just get to talking about the books which were selected for it.
I’ve read them all (links to my reviews are here) and I’ve read more than a hundred other books by Canadian writers this year beyond this.
(You can search via tag or publication date, or you can check for specific works on my Books Discussed page, where the Canadian authors are marked with red stars.)
If you’re interested in the Giller Prize, you can watch the televised event below. (My apologies to international viewers as I believe this is available only to Canadian visitors).