While the official results of the 2008 Scotiabank Giller Prize will be announced later this evening at the Gala reception, the results of the annual Guess the Giller contest were announced this morning. According to voters from across the country, Mary Swan's The Boys in The Trees is their pick for the winner of this year's award.
According to the press release, the Guess The Giller was launched in 2003 by Scotiabank together with the Toronto Public Library. This year more than 30 public library systems, 175 bookstores, post secondary schools, literary festivals and over 1000 Scotiabank branches, have promoted the contest to Canadian readers. The annual contest gives participants the chance to win a trip for two to any Canadian literary festival of their choice and an autographed Scotiabank Giller Prize book set, a package valued at $5,000. The winning entrant will be contacted later this month.
The Guess the Giller voters have successfully guessed the real winner for the past three years. I've got my fingers crossed that they are right again this year too, as The Boys in The Trees was one of my Dewey Picks last Winter. I'll be at the Giller Light party in Toronto tonight to cheer Mary on!