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Andre Alexis wins Canada's prestigious Giller Prize

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Andre Alexis has won one of Canada's most prestigious literary awards for his novel "Fifteen Dogs."


   Alexis won the Scotiabank Giller Prize Tuesday for his book about 15 dogs gifted by gods with human traits.


   The C$100,000 (US$75,000) Giller Prize honors the best in Canadian fiction and is the richest prize for fiction in North America.


   Alexis joked the money will simply get him out of debt as a writer.


   Past winners have included Margaret Atwood, Mordecai Richler and Alice Munro.


   The Giller was created in 1994 by businessman Jack Rabinovitch in memory of his late wife, literary journalist Doris Giller.


   The Canadian Broadcasting Corp. broadcast the glitzy awards show across Canada.

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