Why Weyni Mengesha would love to direct a film adaptation of Half-Blood Blues

The theatre director said she was swept into the world created by Esi Edugyan.
Award-winning theatre director Weyni Mengesha said she was swept up in the world Esi Edugyan created in Half-Blood Blues. (

July 1, 2017 marks 150 years since Confederation in Canada. CBC Books is creating the Great Canadian Reading List — a list of 150 books curated by you. 

Theatre director Weyni Mengesha adds Half-Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan to the reading list.

"I could not put this book down. I was swept into the world Esi Edugyan created. As a theatre director, that is what I strive to accomplish. It has a wide scope on history and politics but always feels personal and intimate, because her characters are so well drawn. I would love to direct this movie!"

Weyni Mengesha is a Dora Award-winning theatre director, who directed productions of Butcher and da Kink in my Hair. 


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