Canadian Novelist of Ghanaian origin, Esi Edugyan Longlisted for 2018 Man Booker Prize

Canadian Novelist of Ghanaian origin, Esi Edugyan has been longlisted for the 2018 Man Booker Prize for her novel Washington Black

The prestigious British literary prize announced its 13-title list, in which, Washington Black is one of only two Canadian titles, the other being Toronto-based Michael Ondaatje’s novel Warlight.

Edugyan, who was born in in Calgary to Ghanaian immigrants in 1978 made history in 2011 by being the first Black woman to win the Scotiabank Giller Prize for her novel Half-Blood Blues.

Edugyan’s Washington Black, which is scheduled to be released in Canada in September 2018, is about an 11-year-old field slave from a Barbados sugar plantation who embarks on a globe-trotting adventure after becoming the personal servant of an eccentric scientist, explorer and abolitionist named Christopher (Titch) Wilde).

The other books on the longlist include:

  • Snap by Belinda Bauer (U.K.)
  • Milkman by Anna Burns (U.K.)
  • In Our Mad and Furious City by Guy Gunaratne (U.K.)
  • Everything Under by Daisy Johnson (U.K.)
  • The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner (U.S.)
  • The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh (U.K.)
  • The Overstory by Richard Powers (U.S.)
  • The Long Take by Robin Robertson (U.K.)
  • Normal People by Sally Rooney (Ireland)
  • From A Low and Quiet Sea by Donal Ryan (Ireland)

The short list of six books will be announced on Sept. 20 and the winner of the prize, worth about $86,000, will be announced Oct. 16.


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