Please come out for the reading on Thursday February 16th, at 7:00 pm, in Siegfried Hall.
More about Esi Edugyan's Half Blood Blues:
It's the current, and inaugural, Globe and Mail online book club book
Bio and book synopsis from the Man Booker Prize website (Edugyan's book was a finalist!)
News release from the Giller Prize on Edugyan's award including the jury's citation:
Imagine Mozart were a black German trumpet player and Salieri a bassist, and 18th century Vienna were WWII Paris; that's Esi Edugyan's joyful lament, Half-Blood Blues. It's conventional to liken the prose in novels about jazz to the music itself, as though there could be no higher praise. In this case, say rather that any jazz musician would be happy to play the way Edugyan writes. Her style is deceptively conversational and easy, but with the simultaneous exuberance and discipline of a true prodigy. Put this book next to Louis Armstrong's "West End Blues" – these two works of art belong together.