Donovan Bailey defends Half-Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan


Congratulations to Wab Kinew for successfully defending The Orenda by Joseph Boyden, this year's Canada Reads-winning book! Replay all the action here.

Donovan Bailey is one of the fastest people in the world, and was a two-time gold medallist at the 1996 Olympic Games. He still holds the world record for the indoor 50-metre dash.

Esi Edugyan is one of Canada's hottest young writers. Half-Blood Blues is her second novel, and it won the Scotiabank Giller Prize in 2011.

Evoking the world of Paris during the Second World War, Half-Blood Blues is about the disappearance of Hiero, a talented young black German jazz musician at the hands of the Nazi Party, and his friend and fellow musician, Sid, who is still coming to terms with Hiero's fate 50 years later. Half Blood Blues is an entrancing, electric story about jazz, race, love and loyalty, and the sacrifices we ask of ourselves, and demand of others, in the name of art.

Half-Blood Blues won the Scotiabank Giller Prize in 2011. It is published by HarperCollinsCanada.

Esi Edugyan and Donovan Bailey on WAM:

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Esi Edugyan on The Next Chapter:

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