Born and raised in Calgary to Ghanian immigrant parents, author and novelist Esi Edugyan who lives in British Columbia has won the $100,000 Scotiabank Giller Prize for her novel Washington Black. This is the second time she is picking up the coveted award. In 2011, she won the same award for her book Half-Blood Blues. The novel looks at race, history, imagination, adversity, adventure and identity from a historical fiction perspective. The story is a work of fiction but based on real-life experiences of slaves in the Caribbeans in the 19th century. The novel follows the story of an 11-year-old boy who escapes slavery on a Barbados sugar plantation with the help of the owner's brother. The book was also a finalist for the 2018 Man Booker Prize and the Writers' Trust Fiction Award.
Here is the interview she did at Waterstones, London in October 2018 talking about her book:
The four remaining finalists who receive $10,000 each are:
- Patrick deWitt for his novel French Exit.
- Thea Lim for her novel An Ocean of Minutes
- Eric Dupont for his novel Songs for the Cold of Heart
- Sheila Heti for her novel Motherhood
We have attached Brown Girl's review of the book. Enjoy!