Today the organizers of the Scotiabank Giller Prize revealed that Gary Shteyngart had joined the three-person jury for the 2012 prize. The satirist posted on Twitter: “CanLit authors, please suck up to me!”

Shteyngart will work with novelist Roddy Doyle and Canadian publisher Anna Porter. The longlist for the $50,000 prize (in Canadian currency) will be unveiled on September 4th and the shortlist will be announced on October 1st. The winner will be revealed at a gala ceremony at Toronto’s Ritz-Carlton.

Here’s more from the release: “For the second year in a row, Kobo has generously donated its Kobo Touch e-reader to members of the 2012 jury panel.  The Scotiabank Giller Prize encourages publishers to provide digital copies of its submitted titles in addition to material-bound copies.” (Via National Post)