In conversation with Esi Edugyan

June 2, 2019

Big Thinking at Congress 2019

In conversation with Esi Edugyan

Watch two-time Giller Prize winner Esi Edugyan in conversation with Dr. Minelle Mahtani as they discuss Edugyan’s fiction and issues of history, race, creativity, the nature of freedom, and voice. Who speaks for whom? Who listens? Who benefits? These questions will be springboards to talking about what/whose stories get told, various kinds of storytelling, and artistic responsibility and accountability. 

Esi Edugyan is the author of the novels The Second Life of Samuel Tyne and Half-Blood Blues, which won the Scotiabank Giller Prize and was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize, the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, and the Orange Prize. Her most recent novel, Washington Black, won the 2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize and was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize. In 2014, she published her first book of non-fiction, Dreaming of Elsewhere: Observations on Home. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia, with her husband and two children.


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