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 also 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. 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 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

Books by Esi Edugyan

Interviews with Esi Edugyan

Esi Edugyan wins 2nd Scotiabank Giller Prize

3 years ago
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

'I can see myself in that boy:' Esi Edugyan on her Washington Black hero

3 years ago
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

Rosemary Barton speaks with Esi Edugyan

3 years ago
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 Eduygan talks to Shelagh Rogers about her new novel Washington Black. 11:29


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