An endearing young boy endures the horrors of an enslaved life in 19th Century Barbados. A picaresque turn of events leads to beguiling adventures as our eponymous hero navigates freedom, friendship and loss. Shortlisted for the 2018 Man Booker Prize and winner of the 2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize for Canada’s best work of fiction, Washington Black is a powerful meditation on freedom and slavery and an exhilarating, engrossing read.
Chair: Geordie Williamson
Supported by Canada Council
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Esi Edugyan'snew novel Washington Black was short-listed for the Man Booker Prize, as was her previous novel, the award-winning Half Blood Blues. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia.
Geordie Williamson is chief literary critic of The Australian. He's a former publisher of the Picador imprint and a recent Editor of Best Australian Essays.
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