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Will Ferguson wins ScotiaBank Giller Prize for '419'

Will Ferguson has been awarded the CAN$50,000 2012 ScotiaBank Giller Prize, an annual decoration given to the author of the best English-language Canadian novel or short story collection.

books Updated: Nov 01, 2012 18:01 IST
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Will Ferguson has been awarded the CAN$50,000 2012 ScotiaBank Giller Prize, an annual decoration given to the author of the best English-language Canadian novel or short story collection.



Ferguson's 419 sends one woman on a mission to discover the truth behind an accident that killed her father, a man entangled in an online scam that stretches from North America to Nigeria.

The Giller Prize jury, this year consisting of Roddy Doyle, Anna Porter and Gary Shteyngart, together described 419 as "something entirely new: a Global Novel," with Ferguson a "true travel writer, his eye attuned to the last horrible detail" and "a master at dialogue and suspense."

Also shortlisted were Alix Ohlin for Inside, Nancy Richler for The Imposter Bride, Russell Wangersky with the short story collection Whirl Away, and Canadian-Vietnamese writer Kim Thuy for Ru, which had already won a Governor General's Award with its French-language original.