Suzette Mayr wins the 2022 Scotiabank Giller Prize

TORONTO, November 7, 2022 /CNW/ – Suzette Mayer was named the 2022 Scotiabank Giller Prize winner for her novel, The sleeper carrier, published by Coach House Books, bringing home $100,000 courtesy of Scotiabank.

Suzette Mayr (CNW Group/Scotiabank)

The announcement was made at a dinner and awards ceremony hosted by a poet, artist and performer Rupi Kaur and award-winning actor Sarah Gadon, in the presence of more than 300 guests. The gala was broadcast live commercial-free presented by Scotia Wealth Management on CBC, CBC Radio One, and streamed live on

This year, the Prize celebrates its 29e anniversary.

The rest finalistslisted below, will each receive $10,000:

The long list, shortlistand winner of the 2022 Scotiabank Giller Prize were selected by an esteemed jury composed of five members: Canadian authors Kaie Kellough, Casey Plett (president of the jury), and Waubgeshig ricejoined by American authors Katie Kitamura and Scott Spencer. On September 6, the jury reduced the 138 submitted works to 14 to create the long list. The shortlist of five was selected on September 27. And this very morning, the jury met to choose tonight’s winner.

About the winning book, the jury wrote:

Suzette Mayer brings to life – in a believable, painful, exciting way – a whole world contained in a passenger train crossing the vastness of Canada, almost a hundred years ago. As only happens in the best historical novels, every page of The Sleeping Car Porter feels lively and immediate – and oddly contemporary. The sleeping car carrier in this sleek and stylish novel is called RT Baxter -called George by the people he waits for, like all the other black porters. Baxter’s dream of one day going to school to learn dentistry coexists with his secret life as a homosexual, and in Mayr’s triumphant novel we follow him not only from Montreal at Calgarybut in and out of life an indelible cast of supporting characters, and, finally, in beautifully rendered brilliance.”

Suzette Mayer is the author of the novels dr. Edith Vane and the hares of Crawley Hall, Monoceros, HoneymoonWidows, and Venous humming. The Widows has been shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best Book of CanadaCaribbean region, and has been translated into German. Honeymoon was shortlisted for the Writers’ Guild of from Alberta Best First Book and Best Novel Award. Monoceros won the ReLit Prize, the City of Calgary’s WO Mitchell Book Prize, was shortlisted for the 2011 Giller Prize and shortlisted for a Ferro-Grumley Prize for LGBT Fiction, and the George Buget Fiction Award. She and her partner live in a house in Calgary near a park teeming with coyotes.

To listen q of Radio-Canada tomorrow for an interview with Suzette Mayer and relive the gala at

Ask the author questions about her book in a live Twitter chat hosted by @PrixGiller on Thursday November 10at 2 p.m. ET using the hashtag #GillerWinner.

Images from tonight’s gala will be available on Media Resources page to


Chez Suzette Mayr A beautiful and powerful work of fiction inspired this year’s jury to select her as the 2022 Scotiabank Giller Prize winner and cements her reputation as a world-class writer. Heartiest congratulations to Suzette for her victory tonight!”
Elana RabinovitchManaging Director, Scotiabank Giller Prize

“Congratulation to Suzette Mayer for winning the 2022 Scotiabank Giller Prize. Scotiabank is proud that its partnership with the Scotiabank Giller Prize, which began in 2005, has helped raise the profile of from Canada best literary talents at home and abroad. Thank you to the jury for taking on the challenge of selecting tonight’s winner from a group of exceptional authors. Congratulations again to Suzette, and all the shortlisted and shortlisted authors. Your stories have inspired and enriched readers from coast to coast.”
Laura Curtis FerreraChief Marketing Officer, Scotiabank

The 2022 Scotiabank Giller Prize winner will join the Guadalajara International Book Fair for a celebratory event on November 30, 2022 at the World Trade Center Guadalajara.

The Scotiabank Giller Prize winner will also be honored with an in-person interview at the 2023 San Miguel Writers’ Conference and Literary Festival, the February 16, 2023. Other notable interviews have included both tom hank and Matthew McConaugheyin the same way Margaret Atwood, Isabelle Allende, Isabelle Wilkerson, Emma Donoghueand much more.

About the price
The Giller Prize, founded by Jack Rabinovitch in 1994, brings to light year after year the best of Canadian fiction. In 2005, the price partnered with Scotiabank which quadrupled the gains. The Scotiabank Giller Prize is now awarding $100,000 annually to the author of the best Canadian novel, graphic novel or collection of short stories published in English, and $10,000 to each of the finalists. The award is named in honor of the late literary journalist Doris Giller by her Toronto businessman husband Jack Rabinovitchdied in August 2017.

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Sleeping car porter, Suzette Mayr (CNW Group/Scotiabank)

Sleeping car porter, Suzette Mayr (CNW Group/Scotiabank)

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