This is Lyon's second nomination: her debut novel The Golden Mean was nominated for the 2009 Giller and won the 2009 Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize.
Another Geist author, Billie Livingston, was also nominated for her work One Good Hustle.
A big congratulations to both writers!
The Giller Prize jury announced its longlist of books in the running for this year's award and selected 13 titles out of 142 books, put forward by 51 publishers, from every region of Canada.
This year's jury is made up of Irish author and screen writer Roddy Doyle (Dublin, Ireland); Canadian publisher, writer and essayist Anna Porter (Toronto, Canada); and American author and satirist Gary Shteyngart (New York City, USA).
Giller Prize longlist:
- Marjorie Celona, born in Vancouver, now in Cincinnati, for Y (Hamish Hamilton).
- Lauren B. Davis, born in Montreal, now in Princeton, N.J., for Our Daily Bread (HarperCollins Canada).
- Cary Fagan of Toronto, for My Life Among the Apes (Cormorant Books).
- Will Ferguson of Calgary, for 419, (Viking Canada).
- Robert Hough of Toronto for Dr. Brinkley's Tower (House of Anansi Press).
- Billie Livingston of Vancouver, for One Good Hustle (Random House).
- Annabel Lyon of Vancouver for her novel The Sweet Girl (Random House).
- Alix Ohlin, born in Montreal, now in Easton, Penn., for Inside, (House of Anansi Press)
- Katrina Onstad of Toronto for Everybody Has Everything (McClelland & Stewart).
- C.S. Richardson of Regina for his novel The Emperor of Paris, (Doubleday Canada).
- Nancy Richler of Vancouver for The Imposter Bride (HarperCollins).
- Kim Thúy of Montreal, Ru, translated by Sheila Fischman (Random House).
- Russell Wangersky of St. John’s for Whirl Away (Thomas Allen).
The shortlist will be announced October 1, 2012.