Steven Beattie

Talking to Elana Rabinovitch About the Giller Prize

When I asked questions like, “Well, if this is such an issue of deep concern among writers then why don’t I see comments, blog posts, full page colour ads in the Globe howling in protest? Why isn’t Beattie’s comment thread stretching into the hundreds – as I had expected that it would?”

The answer, every time, was: because they “can’t”; they’re afraid of pissing off their publishers, of blacklisting themselves from longlists, shortlists, laundrylists, every kind of list that you can imagine.