Her career kicked off with a bang in 2006 with her debut novel, Lullabies for Little Criminals. It was shortlisted for numerous book awards, and won CBC's Canada Reads competition. So O'Neill's many fans weren't surprised when the author's long-awaited sophomore novel The Girl Who Was Saturday Night made this year's Giller shortlist.
The Quebec-set novel "describes what it is like to be young and to have a lifetime of experience and grief already behind you," said the Giller jury.- VIDEO | Heather O'Neill reads from The Girl Who Was Saturday Night
O'Neill reads from her novel and recalls hearing the news from her daughter that she'd made the Giller cut, in the video above.
The 2014 Scotiabank Giller Prize winner will be revealed at a gala hosted by Rick Mercer in Toronto on Monday.
The gala will be broadcast on at 9 p.m. (10 p.m. AT /10:30 NT) on CBC Television and livestreamed on CBC Books.