Esi Edugyan with Donna Bailey Nurse

esi edugyan and donna bailey nurse

Left: Esi Edugyan by Tamara Poppitt. Right: Donna Bailey Nurse by Michael Athill

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Esi Edugyan with Donna Bailey Nurse

Wednesday January 23, 7 pm

In recent decades Black Women’s writing has emerged as one of the most prominent and profound literatures in the world. From Chimamanda Adichie in Nigeria to Angie Thomas in the United States to Esi Edugyan in Canada to Zadie Smith in the U.K. – its reach is diasporic. And its stories – set everywhere – unfold at the fiery intersection of race, class and gender. Esi Edugyan joins Donna Bailey Nurse to discuss Washington Black and her artistic practice.


Esi Edugyan is author of the novels The Second Life of Samuel Tyne and Half-Blood Blues, which won the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, and the Orange Prize. Her latest novel, Washington Black was nominated for the Man Booker Prize and the winner of the 2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia.

Donna Bailey Nurse is a literary journalist living in Toronto. She is a columnist for CBC Radio's The Next Chapter with Shelagh Rogers and her work has appeared in The Globe and Mail, Hazlitt, The National Post, The Toronto Star. She has also contributed to Publishers Weekly and The Washington Post. She is editor of Revival: An Anthology of Black Canadian Writing (M&S) and the author of What's a Black Critic To Do? and What's a Black Critic to Do ll (insomniac Press).

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Esi Edugyan with Donna Bailey Nurse
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