Can music change the world? Esi Edugyan thinks it might


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To kick off 2014, Shelagh Rogers is interviewing all five of the Canada Reads authors on The Next Chapter -- one a week between January 6 and February 3! First up is the author of Half-Blood Blues, Esi Edugyan.

In 2012, Esi joined Shelagh on-stage at the Blue Metropolis Festival in Montreal. Half-Blood Blues had recently won the 2011 Scotiabank Giller Prize at the time. The Canada Reads selection wouldn't happen for nearly two years later!

The Giller Prize and Canada Reads are only two of several accolades for Esi's second novel. It was also nominated for, among others, the Man Booker Prize, the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize, the Governor General's Award for Fiction and the Orange Prize. 

Half-Blood Blues is the story of jazz musicians in Germany during the Third Reich. The story revolves around the experiences of Sid, the bassist for the Hot Time Swingers and the band's brilliant trumpet player Heironymous, who is arrested by the Nazis. Fifty years after that event Sid returns to Germany. It is being defended by Donovan Bailey during the Canada Reads debates March 3-6, 2014.

You can listen to Esi's conversation with Shelagh in the audio player above. If you'd rather listen to the whole episode, you can do so on The Next Chapter website.

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