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Esi Edugyan Bio, Wiki, Age, Husband (Steven Price), Children, Giller Prize, Novelist

November 2018 - Esi Edugyan wins second Scotiabank Giller Prize for her novel ‘Washington Black’

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Esi Edugyan Bio

Esi Edugyan was born in 1978 in Calgary, Canada to Ghanaian immigrant parents. She is a Canadian novelist. Edugyan studied creative writing at the University of Victoria, where she was mentored by Jack Hodgins. She also earned a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars.  Her debut novel, The Second Life of Samuel Tyne, was published in 2004 and was shortlisted for the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award in 2005.
Esi Edugyan Age 1978 (age 40) Calgary, Alberta
Esi Edugyan Occupation Writer
Esi Edugyan Nationality Canadian
Period 2004–present
Esi Edugyan Notable works Half-Blood Blues
Notable awards 2011- Scotiabank Giller Prize for  novel Half-Blood Blues

2018 –  Scotiabank Giller Prize with her latest novel “Washington Black.”

Esi Edugyan Husband Steven Price

Esi Edugyan Wiki

Esi Edugyan published her first novel, The Second Life of Samuel Tyne,  in 2004 and was shortlisted for the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award in 2005. Despite favourable reviews for her first novel, Edugyan had difficulty securing a publisher for her second fiction manuscript. She spent some time as a writer-in-residence in Stuttgart, Germany. This period inspired her to drop her unsold manuscript and write another novel, Half-Blood Blues, about a mixed-race jazz musician in World War II-era Europe who is abducted by the Nazis as a “Rhineland Bastard”.

Half-Blood Blues which was published in 2011, was announced as a shortlisted nominee for that year’s Man Booker Prize, Scotiabank Giller Prize,  Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and Governor General’s Award for English language fiction. Edugyan was one of two Canadian writers, alongside Patrick deWitt, to make all four award lists in 2011.

On 8th November 2011, she won the Giller Prize for Half-Blood BluesAgain alongside deWitt’s work, Half-Blood Blues was shortlisted for the 2012 Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction. In September 2012, in a ceremony in Cleveland, Ohio, Edugyan received the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award in fiction for Half-Blood Blues, chosen by a jury consisting of Rita Dove, Henry Louis Gates Jr., Joyce Carol Oates, Steven Pinker and Simon Schama.

In 2014 Edugyan published her first work of non-fiction, Dreaming of Elsewhere: Observations on Home, with the University of Alberta Press. In 2016 Edugyan was writer-in-residence at Athabasca University in Edmonton, Alberta.

Her third novel, Washington Black, was published in September 2018. It won the Giller Prize in November 2018, making Edugyan only the third writer, after M. G. Vassanji and Alice Munro, ever to win the award twice. The amount for the Giller prize is $100,000. The novel was also shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize.  and the 2019 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction.

Esi Edugyan stops on the red carpet at the Scotiabank Giller Prize gala in Toronto, 19 Nov. 2018.
Esi Edugyan stops on the red carpet at the Scotiabank Giller Prize gala in Toronto, 19 Nov. 2018.

Esi Edugyan Husband and Children

Edugyan resides in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. She is married to novelist and poet Steven Price, whom she met when they were both students at the University of Victoria.  Her first child was born in August 2011.

Esi Edugyan husband
Esi Edugyan husband, Steven Price


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