Esi Edugyan was born in in 1978 and raised in Calgary, Alberta. Her parents were immigrants from Ghana. She is author of several critically acclaimed novels including The Second Life of Samuel Tyne and Half-Blood Blues, which won the Scotiabank Giller Prize, was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize, the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, and the Orange Prize. Her third novel, Washington Black, won the Giller Priz, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, won the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, was nominated for the 2019 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and was awarded the 2019 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction.
She studied creative writing at the University of Victoria. She also earned a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia. Photo Credit: Daniel Harasymchuk