Anderson-Dargatz nominated for Giller Prize

Novelist Gail Anderson-Dargatz-who studied writing at UVic-has received a Giller Prize nomination for her second novel, A Recipe for Bees.

She's in a group of six authors shortlisted for the $25,000 fiction award. The winner will be announced Nov. 3 in Toronto, with the cable channel Bravo! providing live coverage.

Anderson-Dargatz read from her new novel Sept. 18 at the writing department's 25th anniversary celebration. She recently completed her course work and is to receive her bachelor of fine arts degree in November.

A Recipe for Bees is set in the Shuswap and explores the nature of family, relationships, and love with protagonist Augusta Olsen. It's her second Giller nomination, the first was for The Cure for Death by Lightning in 1996.

Anderson-Dargatz's mentor, fiction professor Jack Hodgins, was left off the Giller list for his well-received new novel Broken Ground-causing some grumbling according to the Globe and Mail's account of the shortlist announcement.

The other nominees are André Alexis, Barbara Gowdy, Greg Hollingshead, Wayne Johnston, and Alice Munro.

More than 60 novels and short-story collections were reviewed by judges Margaret Atwood, Guy Vanderhaeghe and Peter Gzowski. The Giller Prize was founded in 1994 by Toronto entrepreneur Jack Rabinovitch in memory of his late wife Doris Giller, literary journalist and book-lover.

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