LitFest Alumnus, Will Ferguson, wins Giller Prize

Congratulations to Alberta author and LitFest Alumnus, Will Ferguson, who won the Scotiabank Giller Prize for his book 419

Will appeared at LitFest in both 2009 and 2011. He is an Alberta-based writer who is the author of more than a dozen books that range from literary fiction to travel memoirs. In addition to his Giller Prize, Will has won the Stephen Leacock medal for humor three times; first in 2002 for Generica (Happiness), again in 2005 for Beauty Tips from Moose Jaw and most recently in 2010 for Beyond Belfast

Founded in 1994 by Jack Rabinovitch to honor his late wife, literary journalist Doris Giller, The Scotiabank Giller Prize is Canada's richest literary prize with $50,000 going to the winner and prizes of $5,000 each for the short-listed authors. As the 2012 recipient, Will Ferguson joins the ranks of such Canadian literary heavyweights as Margaret Atwood, Alice Munro, Michael Ondaatje and Mordecai Richler. Since its inception, the Giller prize has helped Canadian authors and books gain international attention and acclaim.