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Divisadero Leads Giller and GG Shortlist

Michael Ondaatje Number One Giller and GG Fiction Finalist This Week

TORONTO October 26, 2007 - Divisadero, the newest novel from Michael Ondaatje, has outpaced M.J. Vassanji’s The Assassin’s Song to become the sales leader in both the Scotiabank Giller finalists and the Governor-General Fiction award finalists this week.

Divisadero’s sales increased by 83% after the Giller shortlist was announced and have increased again by almost 10% since the GG Fiction shortlist was revealed last week. The average increase for all five GG fiction finalists was 84% this week, with the relative rankings for both prizes as follows:


Governor-General Award for Fiction

  1. Divisadero – Michael Ondaatje
  2. Lullabies for Little Criminals – Heather O’Neill
  3. The Assassin’s Song – M.J. Vassanji
  4. Soucouyant – David Chariandy
  5. Helpless – Barbara Gowdy


Scotiabank Giller Award

  1. Divisadero (number two last week) – Michael Ondaatje
  2. Late Nights on Air (number three last week) – Elizabeth Hay
  3. The Assassin’s Song (number one last week) – M.J. Vassanji
  4. A Secret Between Us (number four last week) – Daniel Poliquin
  5. Effigy (number five last week) – Alyssa York

All statistics are drawn from sales tracked in the week ending Sunday, October 21, 2007 by BNC SalesData, Canada’s national book sales tracking service. The Governor-General’s Literary Awards shortlists were released on Tuesday, October 16, 2007 by The Canada Council for the Arts. The winner will be announced on Tuesday, November 27, 2007.

For more award analysis and information on BookNet Canada and BNC SalesData, visit BookNet Canada’s website at

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