Obviously this post is a bit late seeing as the Giller Prize has already been awarded to Madeleine Thien. But, right before the Calgary Giller Light party I recorded this segment for the CBC, and I don’t want to brag, but I did predict Thien winning. Her book wasn’t my first choice, but whatever, she’s a lovely person so it’s all good. Other highlights of the broadcast? I wonder aloud whether the judges really read all those books, because let’s be honest, that’s close to impossible.
As Doug mentions, I was all dressed up to host the Giller Light party later that night, which was a resounding success, attracting over 200 people. I’ve included a photo here to prove that I washed my hair and everything. My favourite part? The fact that I got to hold the Giller trophy from 2012, which Will Ferguson was kind enough to allow people to get their filthy paws all over, even though the smudges on it will probably last for weeks. Ah well, a good time was had by all.
I ended up going to the Halifax Giller Light Bash, but forgot to take any pictures, except for the one with my sister after it was all over. Oh well, that just means I was having a good time, right?
That is a good sign-how was the party? I like to get a sense of how big each one is. We struggle with people talking over the broadcast, and the real diehards getting irritated that they can’t hear anything 🙂
I don’t think that happened at all in Halifax. Maybe the crowd is much smaller. I’m terrible at guessing numbers of people… maybe 100-200 people? I could be way off. 🙂
I really want this to happen in Edmonton. Any ideas where to start? PS you look lovely 😊
The more parties the better! If you give me your email address, I can forward it to the planning committee so Frontier College can get in contact with you. I’m sure they would be thrilled to have another city on board! And thank you 🙂
Hey, it’s laura t frey @ gmail .com, without the spaces, of course. Please do forward it! I know a couple people here in Edmonton who are interested.
Thanks Laura, I’ve forwarded your email address!