2011’s Half-Blood Blues announced Esi Edugyan as one of Canada’s top writing talents; earning nominations for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, the Governor General’s Literary Award for English language fiction and the Man Booker Prize; and winning the Scotiabank Giller Prize all in the same year. The book’s incredible success marked a new chapter in Edugyan’s career following an arduous struggle to secure a publishing deal for a since-abandoned novel that she originally planned on writing after The Second Life of Samuel Tyne, her 2004 debut.
The International Festival of Authors (IFOA) is proud to take part in Harbourfront Centre’s Kuumba 2018: the longest-running Black History Month celebration in Toronto. On Wednesday, February 7 we’ll host a thought-provoking discussion about writing and authorship, and opportunities and impediments to success in the book industry. The conversation will include authors Simone Dalton, Rinaldo Walcott and Whitney French, and will be moderated by CBC Toronto journalist Dwight Drummond, and hosted by David Bradford.
Be sure to explore the work of our featured authors before this special event:
Simone Dalton‘s short story “Undersigned” in The Unpublished City
Rinaldo Walcott‘s Queer Returns: Essays On Multiculturalism, Diaspora and Black Studies and Black Like Who? Writing Black Canada
Whitney French‘s short story “Glass” in Black Notes: Young Black Voices before
The IFOA has had the pleasure of featuring numerous voices that honour the heritage, traditions and culture of Black communities here in Canada and across the globe. In honour of Black History Month, we’ve selected ten Black authors from the IFOA archives whose work we invite you to read this February, and all year round.