After winning this year's Scotiabank Giller Prize Tuesday night with her novel Half-Blood Blues
, Esi Edugyan sat down with Q
host Jian Ghomeshi to talk about her victory and what it means to her. Edugyan told Ghomeshi that when her name was announced as this year's recipient, she remembers being "utterly astonished and completely blown away."
The Scotiabank Giller Prize comes with a $50,000 purse for the winning author. Edugyan said the money will buy "time to write, time to sit with a new idea and time to execute it."
Watch the video above to see their complete interview. You can rewatch the gala livestream and replay our literary livechat here