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Esi Edugyan wins Giller Prize for Half-Blood Blues

Well done to Victoria’s Esi Edugyan for winning the 2011 Giller Prize last night for her novel, Half-Blood Blues. Today, she’s banking a cheque for $50,000. If you don’t know her or her book, then read our interview with this author.

A new mother resplendent in a black gown and sparkling silver necklace, Ms. Edugyan offered special thanks to her father, Kweku, an immigrant from Ghana who brought his family to Canada in the 1970s. “It’s a great blessing to be nominated for four awards but there’s also a lot of stress,” she said, adding that she hoped to relax before attending next week’s ceremony to award the Governor-General’s Literary Award, for which Half-Blood Blues was also nominated.

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