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The Winner of Scotiabank Giller Prize is…

In Canada, Women, Writers on November 9, 2011 at 10:20

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Congrats to Victoria-based author Esi Edugyan.  She has won the $50,000 Scotiabank Giller Prize for her sophomore novel, Half-Blood Blues.

CBC Books

This year, 17 Canadian authors made it to the Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist, the country’s richest literary award for fiction. To get some further insight into their work and their inspirations, CBC Books asked the longlisted authors a series of questions. As the prize jury debates which books will be named to the shortlist, we’ll be posting our Q&As for you to enjoy.

Here we have Esi Edugyan, author of Half-Blood Blues.

Q: Pitch Canada your novel in three lines or less.

Esi Edugyan: Jazz. Nazis. Betrayal.

Q: Which Giller-longlisted book (other than your own!) would you like to see take home the prize?

EE: There are so many wonderful books I couldn’t begin to narrow it down. I feel sorry for the jury!

Q: What’s your favourite bookish place in Canada?

EE: Russell Books in Victoria is a great place to while away an afternoon.

Q: Which Canadian author (alive or dead) would you most like to meet? Why?

EE: Mordecai Richler. Wouldn’t be a dull evening.

Q: Who is your favourite fictional character and why? 

EE: Dorothea Brooke from Middlemarch. She is wonderfully good without being sentimental or boring.

Q: What would you be if you weren’t a writer?

EE: An asbestos-cement pipe machine setter.

Q: What book has moved or affected you most in the past year?

EE: 2666 by Roberto Bolano affected me greatly. It’s edgy and breaks a lot of rules, while at the same time reminding me of the resonance and value of serious literature.


Edugyan will join CBC’s Jian Ghomeshi (who also hosted the Giller gala) on Q this morning, and CBC Books will make the livestream broadcast available online tomorrow, too.


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