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  1. I was a bit surprised by this too – mostly because I also didn’t recognize any of the names. I was on the National Council for the Writers Union of Canada – I try really hard to keep up with what’s going on (I could’ve supplied my own list of up and comers to watch). So, just a bit surprised how they came up with this. That’s all.

  2. Well I have read one (Sean Michaels) and thoroughly enjoyed it. And I have heard of Clare Battershill and Kim Fu, although I can’t say that either novel holds much appeal for me.

    And I am inclined to agree with your Giller prediction — both the longlisting of at least one, and the fact that it won’t win.

    My guess would be that active publicists are probably the primary source for inclusion on the list. Although I also respect CBC Books enough, that I would expect that at least one person there (or a freelancer) has read each of the 12 books.

  3. Glad to hear that someone has heard of these books-that’s a good sign! How funny that we both have the same Giller prediction. I can’t explain why I feel that way, but I do!

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