November 9, 2011

Edugyan Wins Giller

Congratulations to Esi Edugyan, winner of this year’s Scotiabank Giller Prize! Edugyan’s win was announced at last night’s Giller gala. Half-Blood Blues, set amidst the jazz scene in Europe before and after the Second World War, has been greatly praised since its release and the Giller jury added to this acclaim, remarking “It’s conventional to liken the prose in novels about jazz to the music itself, as though there could be no higher praise. In this case, say rather that any jazz musician would be happy to play the way Edugyan writes.” The book was also nominated for the Man Booker Prize, the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction (English) and the Rogers Writers Trust Fiction Prize, recently won by Patrick deWitt.

 Edugyan was a favourite of many bloggers and critics, along with Michael Ondaatje, nominated for this year’s The Cat’s Table. Ondaatje won the Giller in 2000 for Anil’s Ghost (along with David Adams Richards’ Mercy Among the Children). But the other nominees were extremely accomplished as well: deWitt’s The Sisters Brothers, David Bezmozgis’ The Free World, Lynn Coady’s The Antagonist and Zsuzsi Gartner’s Better Living Through Plastic Explosives rounded out a shortlist widely acknowledged as one of the strongest in years.

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About Susanne Marshall

Susanne Marshall lives in Halifax, NS, where she teaches writing and Canadian Literature. She was educated at Mount Allison University, the University of Toronto, and Dalhousie University, where she completed a PhD in contemporary Canadian literature. Her research interests include redefinitions of regionalism, Atlantic Canadian writing, ecocritical writing and urban writing. Susanne has also worked in the educational publishing industry as a developmental editor, and as a freelance editor. She reads and writes all day, for her profession, for interest, and for the love of it.

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