Esi Edugyan (author) was born (1978) and raised in Alberta, Canada. Her parents were from Ghana and moved to Alberta Canada. She is the author of three novels: The Second Life of Samuel Tynes (2005), Half-Blood Blues (2011) and Washington Black (2018). Half-Blood Blues and Washington Black were both short-listed for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction.
She graduated from University of Victoria with a Bachelor's of Art in 1999 and went on to Johns Hopkins University to complete a Masters in Artists in creative writing.in 2001.
She is married to poet and novelist, Steven Price. They have two children.
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Esi Edugyan, author of Washington Black, answers questions at Will from Waterstones Vlog in London about her new book.
Author Quotes: "So I was interested in the idea of just these forgotten figures in the history of science, forgotten black figures. And, you know, there was that wonderful biography of Henrietta Lacks and - did the harvesting of her cancer cells as being the foundation for research into cancer, which - the Rebecca Skloot book, which was so fascinating. And I think that that book really touched upon something for me, which was that when we think about the history of black people in science, and certainly putting this into search engines online, what comes up is the history of black people as subjects of scientific research rather than the history of black scientists."
― Esi Edugyan, On Depicting 'The Forgotten Figures' of Scientific History Interview with NPR'sTerry Gross on October 15, 20181:19 PM ET
Book Review "Edugyan, like her hero, can paint an indelible scene: "The black of the sea was far-reaching, as though no light could penetrate it. And yet here these creatures floated, fragile as a woman’s stocking, their bodies all afire. My breath left me. I leaned over the edge of the little rowboat and watched the sea pulse in a furnace of color.'”
"Washington Black” Reveals the Bonds of Both Cruelty and Compassion
The tormented friendship at the heart of Esi Edugyan’s third novel complicates the story of a slave’s path to freedom.By Laura Miller The New Yorker, Sept. 24, 2018
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