Esi Edugyan

Esi Edugyan is the author of the 2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize-winning Washington Black.
Esi Edugyan is a Scotiabank Giller Prize-winning novelist. (Courtesy of HarperCollins Canada)

Esi Edugyan is the author of the 2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize-winning Washington BlackWashington Black was a finalist for the 2018 Man Booker Prize and the 2018 Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize. The Calgary-born writer is also the author of 2011 Scotiabank Giller Prize-winning Half-Blood Blues. The novel was also a Canada Reads contender in 2014, when it was defended by Donovan Bailey. Her next book, the historical novel Washington Black, is about an 11-year-old boy known as "Wash," who is enslaved on a Barbados sugar plantation. Edugyan is also the author of the 2004 novel The Second Life of Samuel Tyne and the 2014 work of nonfiction Dreaming of Elsewhere: Observations on HomeHalf-Blood Blues was also a finalist for the Man Booker Prize, the Governor General's Literary Award for fiction, the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize and the Orange Prize.

Edugyan is judging the 2019 CBC Short Story Prize.

Books by Esi Edugyan

Interviews

Esi Edugyan won the 2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize, a $100,000 literary award, for Washington Black. It's her second time winning the prize after she took it home in 2011 for Half-Blood Blues. 2:55
The author on how she relates to the 11-year-old protagonist, who escapes life as a field slave in the cane fields of Barbados. 1:16
Esi Edugyan tells The National’s Rosemary Barton how winning the Giller Prize will allow her to keep writing. 2:11
The celebrated Canadian writer talks to Michael about growing up black in Calgary, the legacy of slavery, and what it's like to win (or be nominated for) so many literary prizes. 27:34
Esi Edugyan's second novel, Half-Blood Blues, was a literary success by any standard. The novel about a mixed-race jazz musician in Nazi Germany won the 2011 Giller Prize and found a place on several other literary shortlists. The Calgary author has just published her third novel about a young slave in Barbados who travels the world. That novel, Washington Black, is also getting rave reviews. It has been shortlisted for the Giller Prize and the prestigious Man Booker International Prize. Esi Edugyan is back home this week, taking part in Wordfest in Calgary and she joined host Doug Dirks in studio. 8:24

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