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Heather O'Neill and Sean Michaels await Giller Prize verdict

11/10/2014 01:44 EST | Updated 01/10/2015 05:59 EST
Two Montreal authors are among the six Canadians in the running for Canada's highest literary honour, the Scotiabank Giller Prize.

The winner will be announced at a Toronto award ceremony, which will be broadcast live on CBC Television starting at 9 p.m. ET.

Heather O’Neill is in the running with her second novel, The Girl who was Saturday Night, and music blogger Sean Michaels is shortlisted for his first novel, US Conductors.

The Girl Who Was Saturday Night is the story of Nouschka Tremblay and her twin Nicolas who live with their grandfather Loulou in Montreal. The story is set in francophone east end Montreal around the time of the 1995 referendum.

This is Heather O’Neill’s second novel after her very successful first published fiction book, Lullabies for Little Criminals. It won Canada Reads 2007 and was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award for Fiction and the Orange Prize.

Sean Michaels created Said the Gramophone, one of the country's first music blogs.

His novel, Us Conductors, is inspired by the true life and loves of the inventor Lev Termen and his most famous invention, the theremin. In his novel, Michaels evokes New York's jazz age as well as the gulags of the Soviet Union, as the main character is eventually imprisoned in Stalin’s Russia.

CBC Television is broadcasting the Scotiabank Giller Gala from Toronto’s Ritz-Carlton Hotel at 9 p.m. tonight. The gala is hosted by Rick Mercer and each book is introduced by a Canadian cultural personality.

Actress Jessica Paré will introduce The Girl Who Was Saturday Night and musician David Usher will present Us Conductors.

CBC Books is live-streaming the event with a concurrent live chat.

The winner takes home $100,000, and each of the shortlisted authors will receive $10,000.

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