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A look at the Scotiabank Giller Prize award ceremony on Toronto on Tuesday, Nov. 8

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Conrad Black's wife Barbara Amiel (left) arrives at the Giller Prize gala with Krystyne Griffin, wife of Scott Griffin, founder of the Griffin Prize for Poetry and chairman of House of Anansi Press.

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Interim Liberal Leader Bob Rae arrives with his wife Arlene Perly Rae.

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Former governor general of Canada Adrienne Clarkson and her husband, the writer John Ralston Saul, arrive at the Gillers.

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Ron MacLean, CBC sports personality and host of "Battle of the Blades", executes a figure-skating move for the cameras at the Gillers.

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Jacob Hoggard of the band Hedley gives a beer to actor Zaib Shaikh on the red carpet at the Gillers. The two of them each introduced one of the nominated writers at the gala.

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David Bezmozgis, seen here on the red carpet at the Giller gala, was nominated for his novel "The Free World".

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Lynn Coady, the nominated author of "The Antagonist", arrives at the Gillers.

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Patrick deWitt, nominated author of "The Sisters Brothers" and winner of the Writers' Trust Prize for Fiction last week, arrives at the Giller gala.

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Esi Edugyan, author of "Half-Blood Blues" and eventual winner on the night, arrives at the Giller gala.

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Zsuzsi Gartner, nominated author of "Better Living Through Plastic Explosives", arrives at the Gillers.

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Michael Ondaatje, nominated author of "The Cat's Table" and the favourite to win in many eyes, arrives at the Giller gala.

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An excited Esi Edugyan turns to her husband, the writer Steven Price, as the announcement is made that she won the Scotiabank Giller Prize for "Half-Blood Blues".

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Esi Edugyan is congratulated by her publisher, Patrick Crean of Thomas Allen, as she makes her way to the podium to accept the Giller Prize. Crean rescued "Half-Blood-Blues" from obscurity after Edugyan's original publisher, Key Porter, went bankrupt.

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The triumphant Esi Edugyan holds the Giller Prize, which comes with a $50,000 cheque and a guaranteed surge in book sales.

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