Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize Finalist

Half-Blood Blues

Esi Edugyan
Half-Blood Blues

Thomas Allen Publishers

Esi Edugyan

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About the Book

Paris, 1940. Hieronymous Falk, a brilliant jazz musician is arrested by the Nazis. He is 20 years old; he is German; and he is black. He is also never heard from again. Fifty years later his friend and fellow musician, Sidney Griffiths — who happens to have been the only witness on that fateful day — learns about the discovery of a strange letter and begins a slow journey towards redemption. From the smoky bars of pre-war Berlin to the salons of Paris, Half-Blood Blues is a heart-breaking story about music, race, love, and loyalty.

About the Author

Esi Edugyan has a Masters from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University. Her debut novel, The Second Life of Samuel Tyne, was nominated for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award and chosen by the New York Public Library as one of 2004’s Books to Remember. Half-Blood Blues is a finalist for this year’s Man Booker Prize and has been longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Edugyan lives in Victoria, B.C.

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Woodcock Fund



Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing


September 19 for books published between June 20 and September 18, 2018


Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction
and Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize


July 18 for books published between May 16 and Sept 30, 2018


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