The Scotiabank Giller Light Bash was this past Tuesday and I was thrilled to attend for the first time. Bringing my boyfriend along to have a nice bookish date night, we spent the evening sampling the sights & sounds, eats & drinks with such great company. It was nice to see so many bookish people all in one place, having a great time.
At about 7:30pm, Kevin Sylvester – author of the Neil Flambé series – took the stage as emcee for the evening and said a few words about the history of the event. He introduced a board member from the Frontier College who spoke about this annual Giller Light Bash was in support of a great organization. At 8pm, all the screens in the party space tuned to the live Giller Prize Gala.
This year’s Giller Prize shortlist consisted of Inside by Alix Ohlin, The Imposter Bride by Nancy Richler, Ru by Kim Thúy, Whirl Away by Russell Wangersky with Will Ferguson’s 419 taking home the prestigious award.
After the award was announced, the Burroughs on Queen Street West turned into a dance floor (which left any kind of chatting nearly impossible because it was so loud). It was so lovely to see so many familiar faces at the event, as well as meet some new friends & put some faces to the names of those I’ve chatted with on Twitter!
Thank you to the organizing committee for a fantastic bash!