Esi Edugyan is the author of the 2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize-winning Washington Black. Washington 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 Home. Half-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.
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