2018 Wall Scholar Ian Williams talks with q’s Tom Power

November 20, 2019

Ian Williams sat down with Tom Power on q on CBC Radio to discuss Williams’ debut novel Reproduction and winning the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Williams launched Reproduction on January 24, 2019, at the Vancouver Film School. 

2018 Wall Scholar Ian Williams (Creative Writing, UBC) won the 2019 Scotiabank Giller Prize for his debut novel Reproduction. The $100,000 prize is the richest in Canadian literature. While in residency at the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies,  Prof. Williams will work on a grammatically preoccupied poetry collection that reinvigorates our contemporary syntax, emerges intelligently from the history of English, borrows from French and Latin, acknowledges the Canadian debt to Indigeneity, and finally embraces the permanent digital reformations to our language (JL)—all of this to represent our distinctly contemporary feelings of omnipresent low-grade anxiety.