GVPL congratulates Colwood author Esi Edugyan, winner of the 2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize for her novel Washington Black.
Published by Patrick Crean Editions, Washington Black is the tale of a young boy who escapes slavery at a Barbados sugar plantation with the help of the owner’s brother. The novel was also shortlisted for the 2018 Booker Prize, the 2018 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and the 2019 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction.
GVPL offers Washington Black in print, ebook and e-audio formats; plus, we have 26 Fastread copies, which have a 7-day loan period and can’t be put on hold, making them readily available.
According to an article published in Boulevard Magazine, Esi and her family are regulars at the library.
A former creative writing student at the University of Victoria, Esi also won the Giller in 2011 for her book Half-Blood Blues, written while serving as a writer-in-residence in Stuttgart, Germany. Her double-Giller win puts her in the company of Canadian literary luminaries M.G. Vassanji and Alice Munro.
The year 2018 marks the Scotiabank Giller Prize’s twenty-fifth anniversary. Founded in 1994, it is a juried literary award for Canadian writers publishing novels and short stories in English. The award comes with a prize of $100,000.
Shortlisted titles for 2018 were:
- Patrick deWitt French Exit, published by House of Anansi Press
- Eric Dupont Songs for the Cold of Heart, translated by Peter McCambridge, published by QC Fiction
- Esi Edugyan Washington Black, published by Patrick Crean Editions
- Sheila Heti Motherhood, published by Knopf Canada
- Thea Lim An Ocean of Minutes, published by Viking Canada
Congratulations, Esi, from your fans at your local library!
Scotiabank Giller Prize jury on Washington Black:
“How often history asks us to underestimate those trapped there. This remarkable novel imagines what happens when a black man escapes history’s inevitable clasp – in his case, in a hot air balloon no less. Washington Black, the hero of Esi Edugyan’s novel is born in the 1800s in Barbados with a quick mind, a curious eye, and a yearning for adventure. In conjuring Black’s vivid and complex world – as cruel empires begin to crumble and the frontiers of science open like astounding vistas – Edugyan has written a supremely engrossing novel about friendship and love and the way identity is sometimes a far more vital act of imagination than the age in which one lives.”