First Black woman to win the Scotiabank Giller Prize
Giller Prize Longlist Has a Familiar Face
By Stephen Weir for Caribbean Camera
The Scotiabank Giller Prize announced early this week its longlist for the 2018 Canadian book award. There are 12 works of fiction in the running for this year’s $100,000 prize.
Esi Edugyan, is one of the authors longlisted for Canada’s most prestigious Fiction Prize. She has been nominated for her new book Washington Black.
Washington Black tells the story of George Washington Black; an eleven-year-old field slave living on a Barbados sugar plantation. From the brutal cane plantations to the icy waters of the Canadian Arctic, from the mud-filled streets of London to the eerie deserts of Morocco, Washington Black is the tale – inspired by a true story – of a world destroyed by slavery and the search to make it whole again.
Esi Edugyan made history in 2011 by being the first Black woman to win the Scotiabank Giller Prize for her novel Half-Blood Blues. She is the only past winner on the longlist (she won in 2011 for Half-Blood Blues). Her book is also in the running for the world’s most important fiction prize, UK’s 2018 Man Booker Prize.
Born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, to Ghanaian immigrant parents, dugyan studied creative writing at the University of Victoria BC. She lives and writes in Victoria, she and her husband poet Steven Price are the parents of a7-year old child.
This year the Giller Prize celebrates its 25th anniversary. The Prize will be presented on Monday, November 19.
In Other Book Prize News
Scarborough Author Coming Back To Malvern As Part of Toronto Book Awards
Trinidadian Canadian writer David Chariandy’s award winning novel, Brothers, is up for another prize. The winner of the 2017 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize has just been nominated for this year’s Toronto Book Awards.
David Chariandy’s book is a devastating story about the love between a mother and her sons, the impact of race, masculinity and the senseless loss of young lives in Scarborough, in the violent summer of 1991.
Brothers is one of five books on the City of Toronto and Toronto Public Library‘s 2018 Toronto Book Awards shortlist. Established by Toronto City Council in 1974, the awards honour books of literary merit that are evocative of Toronto.
The 2018 shortlist is:
· Dionne Brand “The Unpublished City“,
· David Chariandy “Brother“,
· Carrianne Leung “That Time I Loved You“,
· Lee Maracle “My Conversations with Canadians“,
· Kerri Sakamoto “Floating City“.
The winner of the 2018 Toronto Book Awards will be announced on October 10 at the Toronto Reference Library. A week before the award is handed out David Chariandy and the four other shortlisted authors will be speaking in Malvern.
The Toronto Book Awards is bringing the authors to Malvern to take part in a public discussion of their books. The free panel event will held at the Malvern Toronto Library Branch (30 Sewells Road) on October 3 at 7 p.m.
This is the 44th year of the Toronto Book Awards. The annual awards offer $15,000 in prize money. Each shortlisted finalist will receive $1,000, with $10,000 going to the winner.
On the jury for this year’s Toronto Book Awards Committee are author Nathan Adler, Now Magazine’s Susan G. Cole, author Kevin Hardcastle, poet Soraya Peerbaye and author and owner of Another Book List. Itah Sadu.