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Esi Edugyan wins The Scotiabank Giller Prize

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Esi Edugyan has won this year's Scotiabank Giller Prize for her novel, Half-Blood Blues.

The Victoria-based writer was presented the $50,000 fiction award at the annual gala in Toronto on Tuesday evening.

The novel tells the story of an elderly jazz musician who searches for the truth about what happened to his friend, a black trumpeter who was taken by the Nazis in Paris during the Second World War. It appeared on several prestigious shortlists this year, including the Governor General's Literary Awards, the Rogers' Writers Trust Fiction Prize and the Man Booker Prize.

Each of the other finalists receives a $5,000 prize. They are:

•    The Free World by David Bezmozgis of Toronto
•    The Antagonist by Lynn Coady of Edmonton
•    The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt of Portland, Ore.
•    Better Living Through Plastic Explosives by Zsuzsi Gartner of Vancouver
•    The Cat's Table by Michael Ondaatje of Toronto

Edugyan will join CBC's Jian Ghomeshi (who also hosted the Giller gala) on Q Wednesday morning.

In the meantime, you can watch a replay of the livechat to see who showed up on the red carpet and to follow the evening's literary discussions.

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