M.G. Vassanji first won Canada’s Giller Prize in 1994 and has won it again this year for The In-Between World Of Vikram Lall. The Toronto Star describes the book this way:
the story of an Indian-born Kenyan growing up under British colonial rule who becomes caught up in the turbulent Mau Mau years as the country wrests its independence. From his vantage point in a small town on the shores of Lake Ontario, Lall looks back on his life as an ethnic outsider in Africa and his gradual slide into corruption as he attempted to survive the upheavals of history.
(Via Arts Journal.)
Fans of short fiction may be interested to know that a Canadian friend is reading and enjoying John Gould’s Kilter: 55 Fictions, a collection of short-shorts, which was under consideration for the Giller.