The five finalists for Canada’s top fiction prize sat down to share personal and professional insights in Calgary before the winner is announced at the Scotiabank Giller Prize Gala.

Rachel Cusk (Transit), Ed O’Loughlin (Minds of Winter) Michael Redhill (Bellevue Square), Eden Robinson (Son of a Trickster) and Michelle Winters (I Am a Truck) are nominated for Canada’s richest literary prize.

Here they talk about their favourite authors growing up, where they like to write and whether they’d rather battle 100 duck-sized horses or a horse-sized duck.

To see more from the authors, check out part one of our series.

The 2017 Scotiabank Giller Prize, hosted by Mary Walsh, will air live on CBC on Monday, November 20 at 8 p.m. EST. and will be livestreamed at CBCBooks.ca.