Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Canada's controversial Church...

The winner of Canada's main literary award, The Giller Prize, has been announced today. Yet the winner, or certainly the winner's work, is controversial. Linden MacIntyre, an investigative journalist turned author, was nominated for the novel 'The Bishop's Man', a book dedicated to the issues of sex abuse surrounding the Catholic Church. The book was published just before a bishop in Antigonish, MacIntyre's chosen location, was charged with similar offences; although there is no apparent connection. The jury called it 'brave..written with impressive delicacy and understanding', and MacIntyre himself, dedicated it to 'priests and nuns struggling to do their job.' The Giller, previously won by such authors as Margaret Atwood and Alice Munro, is noted to be Canada's most prestigious literary award, and come with prize money of £27,000.

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