Ian Williams, the first time novelist and the author of the novel “Reproduction” received $100,000 Scotiabank Giller Prize. Ian Williams has been brought up in Brampton, Ontario and is currently based in Vancouver. Williams also happens to be a poet and has been shortlisted for the prestigious Griffin poetry prize for his collection named “Personals”. The Scotiabank Giller Prize is the richest award in the Canadian literature.
Williams was interviewed after the ceremony in which he mentioned that novel is very close to his heart and is really special to him. His novel, Reproduction has been published by Random House Canada, and it traces the ties that bind a cross cultural family in Brampton.
The novel tells the story where a sober minded teenager who belongs from a small Island nation and the heir to a German family fortune. It further talks about how they meet in a hospital room where their mothers lay dying.
Williams was presented with the award by Elana Rabinovitch, the daughter of Jack Rabinovitch and John Doig, executive Vice president and chief marketing officer of Scotiabank. Williams has already started to work towards his next project which is going to be a book that will have poetry collection and will be followed by a novel.
The jury described the novel reproduction as many things at once. The 2019 jury panel was comprised of Canadian writers Donna Bailey Nurse, Randy Boyagoda and Jose Teodoro, Scottish-Sierra Leonean author Aminatta Forna and Bosnian-American author Aleksandar (Sasha) Hemon.
During his speech at the award function Williams also acknowledged Margaret Atwood who was present in the audience. She was celebrating her 80th birthday. Williams also mentioned that he owes a lot to Margaret Atwood as the first book that ever bought with his money was written by Atwood herself. William also went forward to thanks his family church communities black communities and the Rabinovitch family.