Booked! Fernie Writers Series: Esi Edugyan at Fernie Heritage Library


The Booked! Fernie Writers' Series is a firm favourite on the Fernie cultural calendar featuring some of Canada's best and brightest literary talents. These events are popular and seats fill up fast; everyone is welcome to attend. These are free events, however a suggested donation of $10 assists in bringing in new and exciting authors for each event.

7pm: refreshments, cash bar and live entertainment from Kootenay performers.
8pm: Author reading with Q&A at 8pm. 
9pm: Live music, a social hour and book signing. 

January 10th features Canadian novelist Esi Edugyan
Esi Edugyan, novelist (born 1978 in Calgary, AB). The child of Ghanaian emigrants, Esi Edugyan was born and raised in Calgary before earning creative writing degrees from the University of Victoria (Bachelor of Arts) and Johns Hopkins University (Master of Arts). At the University of Victoria, she was mentored by novelist Jack Hodgins and met fellow writer and future spouse Steven Price, who would also be Edugyan's co-nominee for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize in 2012.

Nominated for numerous literary awards, Half-Blood Blues won the 2011 Scotiabank Giller Prize, the 2012 Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, and the 2012 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award. In 2011, Half-Blood Blues was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize, and the Governor General's Award for English language fiction.

Half-Blood Blues focuses on the Second World War, jazz, and the Nazis' treatment of the so-called "Rhineland Bastards" — Black Germans who came of age during the Third Reich and were largely the progeny of African occupation troops following the First World War. Half-Blood Blues explores issues of racism, genocide, the language of music, cultural exchange, nationality, and racial and cultural identity as it alternates between the early 1990s and the war years.