And Your 2011 Giller Winner Is …

… Esi Edugyan’s Half-Blood Blues.

From Quill and Quire:

A novel that, less than a year ago, was without a Canadian publisher has won the country’s most prestigious literary prize. Esi Edugyan’s Half-Blood Blues, about a jazz musician who disappears in Nazi-occupied France, was awarded the $50,000 Scotiabank Giller Prize Tuesday evening, capping an unlikely run that has seen the Calgary-born novelist rise from obscurity to become one of the season’s most buzzed about authors.

The post goes on to say that the novel had sold just 250 digital copies before winning the prize. I haven’t read Half-Blood Blues — the only Giller nominee I’ve read from this year was David Bezmozgis’ fine novel The Free World. Looks like I’ve got one more to add to my reading list.

Author: James Brotheridge

Contributing Editor with Prairie Dog.