Suzette Mayr wins the 2022 Scotiabank Giller Prize – QNT Press Release

TORONTO, Nov. 7, 2022 /CNW/ – Suzette Mayr has been named the winner of the 2022 Scotiabank Giller Prize for her novel, The Sleeping Car Porter, published by Coach House Books, taking home $100,000 courtesy of Scotiabank.

The announcement was made at a black-tie dinner and award ceremony hosted by poet, artist and performer Rupi Kaur and award-winning actor Sarah Gadonattended by over 300 guests. The gala was broadcast live commercial-free presented by Scotia Wealth Management on CBC, CBC Radio One, and streamed live on

This year, the Prize celebrates its 29th anniversary.

The remaining finalistslisted below, will each receive $10,000:

The longlist, shortlistand winner of the 2022 Scotiabank Giller Prize were selected by an esteemed five-member jury panel: Canadian authors Kaie Kellough, Casey Plett (Jury Chair), and Waubgeshig Ricejoined by American authors Katie Kitamura and Scott Spencer. On September 6the jury narrowed down the 138 submitted works to 14 to create the longlist. The shortlist of five was selected on September 27. And just this very morning, the jury met to choose tonight’s winner.

Of the winning book, the jury wrote:

Suzette Mayr brings to life –believably, achingly, thrillingly –a whole world contained in a passenger train moving across the Canadian vastness, nearly one hundred years ago. As only occurs in the finest historical novels, every page in The Sleeping Car Porter feels alive and immediate –and eeily contemporary. The sleeping car porter in this sleek, stylish novel is named RT Baxter –called George by the people upon whom he waits, as is every other Black porter. Baxter’s dream of one day going to school to learn dentistry coexists with his secret life as a gay man, and in Mayr’s triumphant novel we follow him not only from Montreal to Calgarybut into and out of the lives of an indelibly etched cast of supporting characters, and, finally, into a beautifully rendered radiance.”

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