From the get-go, reviews for Canadian music journalist Sean Michaels‘ debut novel Us Conductors have been spectacular. And much like the way his protagonist Lev Turmen steams away in the 1930s from New York City to Russia, it’s been full-steam-ahead for Michaels to last night’s anointment as 2014 Scotiabank Giller Prize winner.
This year, for the first time, the prize money was doubled from $50,000 to $100,000. Michaels told Publisher’s Weekly he will use the money to “live the fiction writer’s life” for a while. He will also be buoyed in that regard by another immediate benefit:
A win typically results in a spike in book sales that has been nicknamed “the Giller effect.” In recent years, the sales increase has averaged more than 500%.