The Son of the House Shortlisted for the 2021 Scotiabank Giller Prize - Dundurn
Oct 05, 2021

The Son of the House Shortlisted for the 2021 Scotiabank Giller Prize

We’re so excited to see The Son of the House by Cheluchi Onyemelukwe-Onuobia as a finalist for the 2021 Scotiabank Giller Prize alongside four other fantastic books. Join us on social media in congratulating Cheluchi on this achievement! Follow Cheluchi on Twitter and Instagram.

Released in Canada in May 2021, The Son of the House tells the stories of two Nigerian women, divided by class and social inequality, whose lives intersect when they're kidnapped, held captive, and forced to await their fate together. The novel has previously won the Best International Fiction Book Award at the 2019 Sharjah International Book Fair and the 2020 SprinNG Women Authors Prize. It is also a finalist for the 2021 Nigeria Prize for Literature 2021.

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Upcoming Events: 

TIFA Presents: Woman of the World: Scholastique Mukasongo & Cheluchi Onyemeluwke-Onuobia: October 31, 2021 // 3:30 p.m. ET Join TIFA online for a fascinating discussion between Cheluchi Onyemelukwe-Onuobia and Scholastique Mukasonga. Register here.

Between the Pages: November 4, 2021 This event will take place at Koerner Hall in Toronto with a limited number of attendees. There will be a livestream available for those who are unable to attend in person.

Winner Announcement: November 8, 2021 // 9 p.m. ET Watch the 2021 Scotiabank Giller Prize broadcast on CBC, where the winner will be announced.

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In the News:

Cheluchi was interviewed on the Scotiabank Giller Prize's website as part of the longlist spotlight. Read more about her inspiration and writing here.

Cheluchi was interviewed on CBC Books. Read more about how she chose the topic of her debut novel and the themes she explores here.

The Scotiabank Giller Prize is Canada’s most prestigious and lucrative literary prize for fiction. Read more about the prize here.

Cheluchi Onyemelukwe-Onuobia is a lawyer, academic, and writer. She works in the areas of health, gender, and violence against women and children. Cheluchi divides her time between Lagos. Nigeria and Halifax, Nova Scotia. Learn more here.