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Esi Edugyan wins Scotiabank Giller Prize

9th November 2011

Esi Edugyan's Man Booker Prize-shortlisted Half-Blood Blues has won the 2011 Scotiabank Giller Prize, beating off stiff competition from contenders including Patrick deWitt's acclaimed The Sisters Brothers, which was also shortlisted for this year's Booker Prize.

The two novels were joint favourites for the Scotiabank Giller Prize after receiving global acclaim in 2011, though Edugyan was victorious with a novel described as 'a joyful lament' by the judging panel.

The other shortlisted books included Michael Ondaatje's The Cat's Table and David Bezmozgis' The Free World and Edugyan said she was both shocked and delighted to triumph over such strong contenders.

'It's been just a miraculous year in all spheres of my life - an embarrassment of riches. I could die tomorrow and everything is wonderful,' she added.

Last year's winner of the CAN 50,000 prize Scotiabank Giller Prize, which is awarded each year to the author of the best Canadian novel or short story collection published in English, was Johanna Skibsrud.

Her novel The Sentimentalists was described as 'trip-wire taut' by the judging panel, which also commended the book's exploration of guilt, family and duty.

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