Statement by the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, on the Occasion of the 2011 Giller Prize

OTTAWA, Nov. 9, 2011 /CNW/ - Arts and culture play an essential role in the lives of all Canadians. They contribute to the strength of our communities and our economy, and reinforce our sense of pride.

For nearly 20 years, the Giller Prize has recognized excellence in Canadian fiction. This prize is an ideal opportunity to celebrate the creativity and talent of our Canadian writers.

On behalf of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Government of Canada, I would like to congratulate the winner of the 2011 Giller Prize, Esi Edugyan, for her novel Half-Blood Blues. I also applaud the talent of the other finalists: David Bezmozgis, for his novel The Free World; Lynn Coady, for her novel The Antagonist; Patrick deWitt, for his novel The Sisters Brothers; Michael Ondaatje, for his novel The Cat's Table; and Zsuzsi Gartner, for her short story collection Better Living Through Plastic Explosives

SOURCE Canadian Heritage

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Sébastien Gariépy
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Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

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