TORONTO – said author, Esi Edugyan, who lives in Victoria, said that her time wins the $ 100,000 Scotiabank Watch Award feels more meaningful among a climate where the truth is "under the request" .
Despite his experience in winning literary awards, Edugyan seemed to be a loss for words as she went to the London Ritz-Carlton stage to receive the honor for her latest novel, "Washington Black."
"I did not expect to win, so I did not prepare a speech," he told the crowd with a sigh.
The TV gala caps of book awards films are filming with the shortlisted for the Man Booker Award and the Writer's fiction prize "Reclamation for".
The novel, published by Patrick Crean Editions, follows the saga of a 11-year-old boy who escapes slavery in a Barbados sugar plant with the help of an older brother's brother.
The five-jury "Washington Black" jury praised the "amazing novel for friendship and love, and sometimes sometimes identical imagination is much more vital than the age where one lives."
After capturing a list of people she wanted to thank her – including her children, who was hoping that the broadcast could be watched with the night – Edugyan took a moment to recognize the role of stories outside & # 39; the glitzy hotel classroom.
"In a climate where there are so many forms of saying truth under an attempt, this feels like a truly very important word celebration," he said.
In an interview after the ceremony, Edugyan said she had realized she had forgotten to mention a few names on her grateful list in her short comments – her fellow representatives of Giller, Patrick deWitt, Thea Lim, Sheila Heti and Eric Dupont.
Although she and deWitt have been literary supporters since the couple were facing a book awards circuit in 2011, during which Edugyan's first Giller won for "Half-Blood Blues," he said that this year's final has joined over a multi-city reading trip in recent weeks.
She still says that this Giller feels differently to the last, saying she's feeling she's at risk of spoiling it into a new subject with "Washington Black."
"I feel different that I opened up to write about anything … to be able to go out and I just chose any topic," he said.
Edugyan said she intended to spend some of her $ 100,000 prize on practical concerns such as home debt, caring for her father, as well as supporting her literary initiatives – but it went to me about the story that she will go to & # 39; she tied her next.
However, in these "periods," Edugyan emphasized that it was essential that stories about peripheral people were said, saying that reading can be a way of connecting with experiences outside of ourselves.
"It's really important to have those there, and we can read them, and try to imagine ourselves in other skin, and not to close us down," he said. "I'm part of, I'll believe, keep the dialogue alive, and keep empathy alive."
Edugyan said she hoped that her success would empower readers who may feel depressed in literature.
"To see a black girl wins the prize … that's huge," he said. "For me, when I grew up in Calgary in the (1980s), there were no tonnes of Canadian models for people with my background."
As Edugyan cracked the red carpet Giller on Monday, he was greeted by the famous Canadian author Margaret Atwood, who was present in the gala and other notes such as actor Gordon Pinsent, pre-ex- Bob Rae, author John Irving and star "Kim's Convenience" Paul Sun-Hyung Lee.
The evening's transactions were overseen by the host Rick Mercer, who won a mix of horses and rest of the crowd with an excited politician, while The Tragically Hip's Johnny Fay presents heavy presenters on stage .
Members of the jury, Heather O Neill, John Freeman, Kamal Al-Solaylee, Maxine Bailey and Philip Hensher failed this year's shortlist of 104 titles presented by publishers throughout the country.
Celebrating its 25 years, the Giller awards $ 100,000 annually to the author of the best Canadian novel or short story collection published in English, and $ 10,000 for each of the finalists.
Last year's winner was Michael Redhill for "Bellevue Square."
Adina Bresge, The Canadian Press