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Michael Redhill, Bellevue Square author, wins Giller Book Prize

Michael Redhill, Bellevue Square author, wins Giller Book Prize
From CBC - November 20, 2017

MichaelRedhill has won the GillerPrize,Canada's richest literary award, for his novel Bellevue Square.

Redhillwas named winner of the $100,000 honour at a televised Toronto gala Monday night, the first Giller Prize awarded since the death of founder Jack Rabinovitch in August.

Bellevue Square tells thestory of a woman who tries to track down her doppelganger following rumours that someone who looks like her hangs out at Bellevue Square, a park in Toronto's Kensington Market.

Redhill seemed shocked as he accepted the prize and gave a tearful speech thanking his supporters as well as the late businessman Rabinovitch.

"I was a little more emotional than I was expecting to be but life does not prepare you for receiving a $100,000 cheque and then addressing people live across the nation, so I think I will probably have no memory of this evening in about 20 minutes, just to protect myself," he said with a laugh in an interview after the awards ceremony.

"Living as a writer, you sometimes surf on credit and goodwill, and this will make me a much better risk for the various people who may have to help me in the future," he said. "But right now, I can row my own boat."

Redhillwill be interviewed on CBC Radio's q Tuesday morning.

This year's shortlist included first-time nominees as well as past contenders.The four remaining finalists receive $10,000 each.

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