TORONTO, 25 October 2021 / CNW / – Scotiabank today announced a new collaboration with Small free library, the world’s largest book-sharing movement, to place thousands of copies of the novels shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize in small free libraries across Canada.
Today, Canadians can now find “book sets” containing the 5 shortlisted novels in hundreds of small free libraries across the country. The collaboration is an important part of Scotiabank’s support for the Canadian literary arts and will allow more Canadians to access the novels shortlisted for the Prize and promote the work of some of the from Canada the most talented and diverse authors.
“Our mission for Little Free Library is to be a catalyst to build community, inspire readers and expand access to books for all,” said Greig Metzger, Executive Director, Little Free Library. “We are proud of our collaboration with Scotiabank to bring the shortlisted novels for the Scotiabank Giller Prize to more readers. Placing brand new, free novels in our nationwide book boxes is the perfect way to connect Canadians with some of the country’s top storytellers.
Little Free Library is a non-profit organization that strives to expand access to books to readers of all skill levels and interests. With more than 100,000 small free libraries around the world, the initiative shares 42 million books with readers in the community each year.
“Scotiabank, fundamentally, is committed to making a difference in the communities in which we operate and one of the ways we do that is through our partnership with the Scotiabank Giller Prize,” said Jean Doig, Executive Vice-President, Retail Sales, Scotiabank. “By providing more opportunities for Canadians to access the novels shortlisted for the Prize, we hope this initiative will create from Canada largest book club, and one that readers of all ages from coast to coast to coast will find solace, solace, adventure, action and learning with this year’s talent roster. “
Canadians can view the shortlisted novels by visiting one of the from Canada Small free libraries in their neighborhoods. Scotiabank is also making room for Canadian stories on billboards and billboards across the country with Storytellers Shelves – where Canadians can scan a QR code and access an extensive preview of all of the novels in the Scotiabank Giller Award 2021.
Between the Pages: An evening with the Scotiabank Giller Award finalists will take place on November 4, 2021 at Koerner Hall. Hosted by Jael Richardson, it will be an hour of readings, questions and answers, and immerse you in the minds and creative lives of the writers of the 2021 shortlist. It will be broadcast live on the Prize website and Facebook and Youtube pages. For more information, please visit: www.scotiabankgillerprize.ca/news-events/events-and-important-dates.
Readers are encouraged to watch the 2021 Scotiabank Giller Prize broadcast on Monday, November 8 at 9 p.m. ET (10 a.m. AT / 10:30 a.m. NT) on CBC and the free program. CBC Gem streaming service, where the winner will be announced. A live broadcast will begin at 9 p.m. ET on Radio-Canada books, and a special will air on CBC Radio One and the free program CBC listening app at 9 p.m. ET (10 a.m. AT / 10:30 a.m. NT).
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About the Scotiabank Giller Prize:
The Giller Prize, founded by Jack Rabinovitch in 1994, highlights the best of Canadian fiction year after year. In 2005, the prize teamed up with Scotiabank, which quadrupled the winnings. The Scotiabank Giller Prize now awards $ 100,000 annually to the author of the best Canadian novel, graphic novel or short story published in English, and $ 10,000 to each of the finalists. More information on the novels and shortlisted authors for the Giller Prize is available at: www.scotiabankgillerprize.ca/live.
About Little Free Library:
Small free library is a non-profit organization that operates over 100,000 libraries in over 100 countries around the world. Its mission is to be a catalyst to build community, inspire readers and expand access to books for all through a global network of volunteer-run book-sharing boxes. The small free libraries are open seven days a week, 24 hours a day and are freely accessible to all, removing barriers to accessing books.
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