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Book award

Canada’s top literary award for fiction, the Scotiabank Giller Prize, has gone to Nova Scotia-born writer Johanna Skibsrud for her debut novel The Sentimentalists.

books Updated: Nov 17, 2010 00:54 IST

Canada’s top literary award for fiction, the Scotiabank Giller Prize, has gone to Nova Scotia-born writer Johanna Skibsrud for her debut novel

The Sentimentalists

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Now living in Montreal, Skibsrud was the first debut novelist to capture the prestigious literary prize since 1999, beating out 97 competitors.



The Giller Prize was founded in 1994 by a Toronto businessman in honour of his late wife, literary journalist Doris Giller. It comes with a $50,000 cash award financed by Scotiabank.