Tag Archive for Esi Edugyan

Awards Prize Pack Contest!

If you guys are following the book world, you’ll know that Thomas Allen’s titles Whirl Away, by Russell Wangersky, Siege 13, by Tamas  Dobozy, and Half-Blood Blues, by Esi Edugyan are all noteworthy works of Canadian literature. Whirl Away is currently short-listed for the Giller Prize. I gave it a great review because it absolutely deserves one. Superb short stories.…

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Into that Darkness, by Steven Price: A Review

It’s not unheard of, but it’s not often you come across a marriage in which both partners are published novelists. Probably even less common is finding them published by the same house. Such is the case, however, with Esi Edugyan and Steven Price, who’s also a critically acclaimed poet. I’ve already reviewed Esi’s Half-Blood Blues, which I enjoyed immensely. And…

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On the New Generation of CanLit

Recently, Finnish journalist Verna Kuutti contacted me to ask a few questions for a story she’s doing on “contemporary Canadian literature and the generational shift that seemed to take place this fall.” Her story will appear in Finland’s largest newspaper Helsingin Sanomat. Verna wrote, “Canadian literature, and especially the more recent writers & works are still quite unknown in Scandinavia, so it…

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Esi Edugyan Takes Home 2011 Giller Prize

The CBC invited me to participate in the Giller chat this evening from 7–10 and it was my pleasure, even more fun than I had anticipated. Discussion was mostly focused and everyone remained cool (I’ve seen some heated awards talks!). The shortlisted books on the menu tonight were: David Bezmozgis’s The Free World Lynn Coady’s The Antagonist Patrick deWitt’s The Sisters…

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LitBits 22

It’s amazing how fast I’m accumulating these literary tidbits these days. It’s probably an indication I’m spending way too much time not working or being productive but—hell. There are worse ways to procrastinate, I’m certain. Enjoy! 1. Probably I don’t need to tell you that the lovely Julian Barnes won the Man Booker Prize yesterday for his novella The Sense…

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LitBits 21

The weekday after a long weekend is always extra hard for me, and I imagine it is for others, too. So let’s start off with some amazing news! 1. The Governor General Literary Award nominees were just announced today, and the fiction nominees are: Patrick DeWitt, for The Sisters Brothers, Esi Edugyan, for Half-Blood Blues, David Bezmozgis, for The Free…

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Half-Blood Blues, by Esi Edugyan: A Review

I love jazz—classic jazz, that is, the old-school stuff of Louis, Ella, Billie, Sarah, Coltrane. One of the very first CDs I bought, when I’d finally got myself a CD player in university, was Miles Davis’s quintessential, cozy Kind of Blue. It’s been one of my favourite albums since; I’ve never tired of it. Back then, I studied to it,…

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