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Originally published Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 6:50 PM

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Will Ferguson wins Canadian literature award

Will Ferguson has won one of Canada's most prestigious literary awards for a novel about a Canadian family's entanglement in a Nigerian email scan.

The Associated Press

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TORONTO —

Will Ferguson has won one of Canada's most prestigious literary awards for a novel about a Canadian family's entanglement in a Nigerian email scan.

Ferguson won the Scotiabank Giller Prize for his book "419" on Tuesday. A kilt-wearing Ferguson pulled out a flask during his acceptance speech and raised a toast to the written word.

The $50,000 Giller prize honors Canadian fiction. 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. It honors the best in Canadian fiction.

Presenters included Sex and the City actress Kim Cattrall. The Canadian Broadcasting Corp. broadcast the glitzy awards show across Canada.

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