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Tag Archives: Esi Edugyan

Five Books You Should Read First In 2013

With a new year comes new reading lists. We at Anisfield-Wolf rounded up some of the new and not-so-new books we'd like to read over the next few weeks. If this proves popular, we'll keep adding books here as suggestions and have a discussion about what we've enjoyed over on our Facebook page.  Ayaan Hirsi Ali - Infidel Stephen L. Carter - The Emperor of Ocean Park Jill Lepore - The Mansion of Happiness August Wilson - Fences  Esi Edugyan - The Second Life of Samuel Tyne            Read More →

Esi Edugyan Nominated For IMPAC Dublin Prize

                      What a year for Esi Edugyan! After winning multiple awards for her stunning novel Half Blood Blues, she has recently been nominated for the IMPAC Dublin Prize. Nominees are selected by librarians in 120 cities, and the most promising of the authors will move to the short list, announced April 9, 2013. The winner will be announced on June 6, 2013. Along with a prize of about $160,000 (Canadian), the winner will be able to take their place alongside great writers like Edward P. Jones and Michael Thomas.  Please join us in congratulating Ms. Edugyan!  Read more about the award here.  Read More →

The Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards – Told Through Tweets

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Listen As Esi Edugyan, David Livingstone Smith, David W. Blight And Arnold Rampersad Discuss Race And Diversity

We won't spend too much time on an introduction today; let's get right to the meaty stuff. Recently, our 2012 winners all had a chance to speak with Dred-Scott Keyes on the Public Radio Exchange to discuss their books and the deeper themes within. Take a listen to David W. Blight and Esi Edugyan in part one, and David Livingstone Smith and Arnold Rampersad in part two: Read More →

VIDEO: Esi Edugyan: “I’ve Wanted To Be A Writer Since I Was 13”

Often writers feel that urge to put their thoughts out in the world as young children. 2012 Anisfield-Wolf winner Esi Edugyan felt the bug as a pre-teen after she drafted a piece of poetry that was so good, her mother insisted she must have copied it from a book. From then on, being a writer was an ultimate goal of a young Ms. Edugyan. Check out this short video presentation put together for the 2011 Scotiabank Giller Prize and learn more about her thoughts on the writing process, whether she'll ever use social media to converse with fans, and how she feels when she completes a first draft. Read More →

5 Things To Know About Esi Edugyan, 2012 Winner For Fiction

We’ll be spending this week exploring the lives and works of the 2012 Anisfield-Wolf Award winners. Today we're recognizing Esi Edugyan, who won the 2012 Anisfield-Wolf Award for Half-Blood Blues.  She counts Leo Tolstoy and Alice Munro among her favorite writers of all time: "Tolstoy has given me the most, year after year, without fail. I return to him for his scope, his sense of human destiny, the vastness of his vision. Alice Munro, for the precision of her writing, the sharp corners she can turn between sentences. There are many others – dozens and dozens! – of course."  If she wasn't a writer, she'd still be doing something creative: "I honestly don't know. On those days when you're having problems and dreaming of greener pastures, you know, you think about it…I... Read More →

Meet Our 2012 Winners!

“The 2012 Anisfield-Wolf winners reflect the complexity of the issues of race and cultural diversity in our world,” said Henry Louis Gates Jr., the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African-American Research at Harvard University, who serves as jury chair. “These books and the people who created them help us gain a deeper understanding of the need to respect both the humanity and individuality of one other.” Our 2012 winners are (click on any of the photos to read more on the authors): Esi Edugyan, Half-Blood Blues: A Novel, Fiction David Blight, American Oracle: The Civil War in the Civil Rights Era, Nonfiction David Livingstone Smith, Less Than Human: Why We Demean, Enslave, and Exterminate Others... Read More →
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