Calgary-born Esi Edugyan is the winner of the 2011 Scotiabank Giller Prize for her novel, Half-Blood Blues!
Her win was announced at a gala ceremony in Toronto on November 8, 2011 and broadcast on CBC Television.
Of Half-Blood Blues, the jury wrote:
"Imagine Mozart were a black German trumpet player and Salieri a bassist, and 18th century Vienna were WWII Paris; that's Esi Edugyan's joyful lament, Half-Blood Blues. 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. Her style is deceptively conversational and easy, but with the simultaneous exuberance and discipline of a true prodigy. Put this book next to Louis Armstrong's "West End Blues" – these two works of art belong together." from: http://www.scotiabankgillerprize.ca/news/details/?id=92
The Scotiabank Giller Prize is awarded annually to the author of the best Canadian novel or short story collection published in English. The award was established in 1994 by Toronto businessman Jack Rabinovitch in honour of his late wife, literary journalist Doris Giller.
2011 marked the 18th year of the prize. Why don’t you check out some of the past winners of the Scotiabank Giller Prize:
The Sentimentalists by Johanna Skibsrud
The Bishop's Man by Linden MacIntyre
Through Black Spruce by Joseph Boyden
Late Nights on Air by Elizabeth Hay
Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures by Vincent Lam
Looking for more Award Winning Reads? Why don’t you contact your local library or try NoveList. Did you know that your Calgary Public Library card gives you access to this great database full of ideas for what to read next? If you want to use this resource for great reads, just click here and log on with your Calgary Public Library card.