Fernie is home to one of the most beautiful libraries in British Columbia and is a wonderful place to pop into while visiting historic downtown Fernie. One of the highlights of the Fernie Heritage Library’s programming schedule is their Booked Writers Series, which features an entertaining mix of authors and literary figures from across Canada.
Featured Author: Esi Edugyan
Fernie Library Booked Writers Series
Wednesday • January 10, 2018 7-10 PM
Esi Edugyan, novelist (born 1978 in Calgary, AB). The child of Ghanaian emigrants, Esi Edugyan was born and raised in Calgary before earning creative writing degrees from the University of Victoria (Bachelor of Arts) and Johns Hopkins University (Master of Arts). At the University of Victoria, she was mentored by novelist Jack Hodgins and met fellow writer and future spouse Steven Price, who would also be Edugyan’s co-nominee for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize in 2012.
Nominated for numerous literary awards, Half-Blood Blues won the 2011 Scotiabank Giller Prize, the 2012 Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, and the 2012 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award. In 2011, Half-Blood Blues was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, and the Governor General’s Award for English language fiction.
Half-Blood Blues focuses on the Second World War, jazz, and the Nazis’ treatment of the so-called “Rhineland Bastards” — Black Germans who came of age during the Third Reich and were largely the progeny of African occupation troops following the First World War. Half-Blood Blues explores issues of racism, genocide, the language of music, cultural exchange, nationality, and racial and cultural identity as it alternates between the early 1990s and the war years.
It will be a great night to be inspired, so come and join the literary community at Fernie Heritage Library for an evening!
Everyone is welcome to attend. These events are popular and seats fill up fast. Suggested donation is $10.
Evening begins at 7pm with refreshments and cash bar, author reading with Q&A at 8pm.
The Park Place Lodge is a proud sponsor of the Booked series and we are thrilled to help support the cultural vibrancy the Fernie Heritage Library contributes to our community.
In addition, if you are from out of town and would like to join us for a Fernie hotel stay to take in one of these wonderful presentations, please call our toll-free reservations line at 1-888-381-7275 or Book Online.