Ahhh... fall is here, and along with it the smell of burning leaves and the faint stench of desperation as Canadian publishers once again work their butts off to make Canadians aware that there are writers other than Dan Brown out there.
With the Giller Prize* being announced tonight, and the Governor General's Awards being given out next week, CBC.ca's Rachel Giese has the definitive checklist -- How to Win a CanLit Award -- for all you aspiring award recipients out there. (Hint: if you can't be Alice Munro, it helps to be a man. And if possible, be a man writing about racial issues within a small community in the past.)
*Yes, yes. I know that technically it's the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Don't even get me started on how obnoxious it is when corporations feel they have to slap their stupid, anti-euphonious names all over everything. WE GET IT that you sponsored the prize and all, and THANK YOU for that, but do the words "subtle" or "dignified" mean anything to anybody any more? Kee-rist on a cracker.