Out of the Sun On Black History and Storytelling

Esi Edugyan, Photo by Tamara Poppitt

On Black History and Storytelling

A conversation with award-winning novelist ESI EDUGYAN
Thursday, Feb 16th
5:00 to 7:00 pm PST
Hermann’s Upstairs (2nd floor), 751 View Street, Victoria BC
& livestream

book cover "out of the sun: on race and storytelling" esi edugyan

A partnership with BC Black History Awareness Society and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives– BC Office (CCPA-BC); and sponsored in part by Hermann’s Upstairs, Government of Canada, Government of British Columbia, and CRD Arts.

Suggested donation:
in-person $25.00; $15.00 for BCBHAS and CCPA members and students.
Online: Please donate as you wish.
Purchase tickets here

5:00 PM: Musical performance by Locrian Tone, a band with members of African and Caribbean descent. The band infuses neo-soul melodies with Latin and Afro-soul grooves.
5:30 PM: Onstage live conversation with with Esi Edugyan
6:15 PM: Questions and answers
6:35 pm: Musical performance by Locrian Tone; and Ms. Edugyan will sign books for in-person attendees (books available for purchase).

This is a 19+event. The venue is mask-friendly for those who wish to attend in person. Hermann’s Upstairs is on the 2nd floor , there is no elevator access.

Bestselling Canadian author, novelist, essayist, ESI EDUGYAN, is noted for writing “richly imagined and impeccably researched stories that illuminate complicated truths about race and belonging”.

In 2020, Edugyan was invited to deliver the prestigious CBC Massey Lectures, exploring the relationship between art and race. This incisive analysis was collected into Out of the Sun: On Race and Storytelling. Through the lens of visual art, literature, film, and the author’s lived experience, Out of the Sun examines the depiction of Black histories in art, offering new perspectives to challenge the accepted narrative. History is a construction; what happens when we begin to consider stories at the margins, when we grant them centrality? How does that complicate our certainties about who we are, as individuals, as nations, as human beings? “An essential reckoning with how history is made” (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

2020 Shortlist, International Dublin Literary Award
2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize, Washington Black
2018 Finalist, Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction, Washington Black
2018 Finalist, Man Booker Prize, Washington Black
2018 Finalist, Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction,Washington Black
2011 Scotiabank Giller Prize, Half-Blood Blues
2011 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, Half-Blood Blues
2011 Finalist, Man Booker Prize, Half-Blood Blues
Only 2 other Canadian authors have won the Scotiabank Giller Prize twice.

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