To some, it was an upset, but author Sean Michaels is now the proud owner of a big, handy statue and an even handier $100,000 as the winner of the 2014 Scotiabank Giller Prize.
Oh, and I was apparently way off. Us Conductors has nothing to do with trains. It’s actually a fictionalized account of the life of Lev Termen, the inventor of the theremin. That sounds more interesting. Time to actually read the book.
He did make a fantastic victory speech on CBC last night, which you can see here thanks to Liz McConomy on YouTube.
Was Us Conductors the right choice to win? Or should one of the other nominees have taken the big prize? Share your thoughts in the comments below.