The Scotiabank Giller Prize nominees for 2014 were David Bezmozgis, Frances Itani, Sean Michaels, Heather O'Neill, Miriam Toews and Padma Viswanathan. The prize was established in 1994 in Canada and is given to a Canadian author for a work published in English or English translation. The 2014 winner was Michaels for "Us Conductors."
The Scotiabank Giller Prize was established in honor of the late literary journalist Doris Giller by her husband. In 2014, the jury, composed of Shauna Singh Baldwin, Justin Cartwright and Francine Prose, read 161 works to created a finalist list of 12 books.
A short list of six finalists were created from the long list and a winner was chosen. Bezmozgis was a 2014 finalist for his book, "The Betrayers," which tells the story of a man who betrays his wife and who was betrayed himself 40 years earlier. Itani's novel "Tell," is a mystery of who gave up a baby for adoption. Michaels's novel, "Us Conductors," describes the life of Lev Thermen, inventor of the Theremin. O'Neill's novel, "The Girl Who Was Saturday Night," takes place in Quebec in 1995. It tells the story of a young woman we feels that her life is already behind her. "All My Puny Sorrows," by Miriam Toews, describes the bond between two sisters. Viswanathan's novel, "The Ever After of Ashwin Rao, centers on the trial of the 1985 bombing of Air India 182.