(October 25, 2012 – Calgary AB) Calgary author Will Ferguson’s 419 has been named winner of the 2012 Scotiabank Giller Prize, the nation’s most prestigious and lucrative literary award. Ferguson will be reading from his award-winning novel on November 13 at a WordFest Special Event.
Will Ferguson presents 419 in an intimate event at the John Dutton Theatre, Calgary Public Library, at 7pm on November 13, where he will discuss his writing career, his latest venture into literary fiction and reflect on the Scotiabank Giller Prize experience. Copies of 419 will be sold at the venue and a book signing will follow the event. Tickets for the event are $10 and can be ordered through the EPCOR Centre Box Office at 403.294.9494 or online at wordfest.com.
Travel writer and novelist Will Ferguson is the author of several award-winning memoirs, including Beyond Belfast, about a 560-mile walk across Northern Ireland in the rain; Hitching Rides With Buddha, about an end-to-end journey across Japan by thumb; and most recently the humour collection Canadian Pie, which includes his travels from Yukon to PEI.
Ferguson’s novels include Happiness™, a satire set in the world of self-help publishing, and Spanish Fly, a coming-of-age tale of con men and call girls set amid the jazz clubs of the Great Depression. His work, which has been published in more than twenty languages around the world, has been nominated for both an IMPAC Dublin Award and a Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, and he is a three-time winner of the Leacock Medal.
WordFest is a not-for-profit arts organization that brings readers and writers together through a premier international writers festival and year-round events in Calgary, Banff and the Bow Valley.
The Scotiabank Giller Prize awards $50,000 annually to the author of the best Canadian novel or short story collection published in English and $5,000 to each of the finalists. The Scotiabank Giller Prize is named in honour of the late literary journalist Doris Giller and was founded in 1994 by her husband Toronto businessman Jack Rabinovitch. Visit at http://www.scotiabankgillerprize.ca