The 2013 Scotiabank Giller Prize jury announced its shortlist this morning (October 8) at a press event in downtown Toronto.
The five finalists were chosen by the award-winning, three-member jury: Canadian writers Margaret Atwood and Esi Edugyan; and American author Jonathan Lethem.
This is the 20th year of the prize.
The shortlist was selected from a longlist of 13 books. 147 titles were submitted by 61 publishing houses from across the country.
The finalists are:
Dennis Bock for his novel Going Home Again, a Phyllis Bruce Book published by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.
Lynn Coady for her short story collection Hellgoing, published by House of Anansi Press.
Craig Davidson for his novel Cataract City, published by Doubleday Canada, a division of Random House of Canada Limited.
Lisa Moore for her novel Caught, published by House of Anansi Press.
Dan Vyleta for his novel The Crooked Maid, published by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.
The winner will be announced at a gala ceremony to honour the finalists on Tuesday, November 5 during a live broadcast on CBC Television, hosted by Jian Ghomeshi.