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Victoria writer Esi Edugyan wins the Ethel Wilson Fiction Award.

May 14 2012
Esi Edugyan's win for her novel, Half Blood Blues, was announced Saturday night in Vancouver at the B.C. Book Prizes awards ceremony. 

Esi Edugyan's win for her novel, Half Blood Blues, was announced Saturday night in Vancouver at the B.C. Book Prizes awards ceremony.

Photograph by: Arnold Lim , timescolonist.com (May 2012)

Victoria writer Esi Edugyan has won yet another award — the Ethel Wilson Fiction Award.

Edugyan's win for her novel, Half Blood Blues, was announced Saturday night in Vancouver at the B.C. Book Prizes awards ceremony.

The book has received international critical acclaim and notice on the literary award circuit. Esi Edugyan is also a finalist for Britain's prestigious Orange Prize for women's fiction, to be announced May 30.

Half Blood Blues, the story of a black trumpet player who vanishes after being arrested in a Paris cafe, won the 2011 Scotiabank Giller Prize and was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize as well the Governor General's Literary Award for Fiction.

Also at the B.C. Book Prizes, Saltspring Island writer Brian Brett received the Lieutenant-governor's Award for Literary Excellence. The announcement of his win was originally made last month. Brett received a $5,000 prize as part of the award.

A total of $19,000 is awarded to winners with each prize providing $2,000 with the exception of the Lieutenant Governor’s prize.

Other B.C. Book Prize winners: — RODERICK HAIG-BROWN REGIONAL PRIZE: Chuck Davis, The Chuck Davis History of Metropolitan Vancouver

—HUBERT EVANS NON-FICTION PRIZE :Charlotte Gill, Eating Dirt

—DOROTHY LIVESAY POETRY PRIZE: John Pass, crawlspace

—CHRISTIE HARRIS ILLUSTRATED CHILDREN’S LITERATURE PRIZE: Sara O’Leary (author) and Julie Morstad (illustrations), When I Was Small

—SHEILA A. EGOFF CHILDREN’S LITERATURE PRIZE: Moira Young, Blood Red Road

—BILL DUTHIE BOOKSELLERS’ CHOICE AWARD: Chuck Davis and Harbour Publishing, The Chuck Davis History of Metropolitan Vancouver

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