Events in Oakville

In Conversation With Esi Edugyan

Saturday, September 8, 2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts

In Conversation With Esi Edugyan

Saturday, September 8, 2018 at 7 p.m.

Tickets: $25 – on sale Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at 10 a.m.

Esi Edugyan is author of the novels The Second Life of Samuel Tyne and Half-Blood Blues, winner of the Scotiabank Giller Prize and finalist for the Man Booker Prize, the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Rogers Writers’ Trust Prize and the Orange Prize. Her latest book Washington Black is a dazzling, inventive novel of slavery and freedom.

When two English brothers arrive at a Barbados sugar plantation, they bring with them a darkness beyond what the slaves have already known. Washington Black, an eleven year-old field slave, is terrified to be chosen as manservant to one of these men. To his surprise, the eccentric Christopher Wilde turns out to be a naturalist, an explorer, an inventor and an abolitionist. Soon, Washington is initiated into a world where a flying machine can carry a man across the sky, where the night sea is set alight with fields of jellyfish, where even a boy born in chains may embrace a life of dignity and meaning—and where two people, separated by an impossible divide, can begin to see each other as human.

But when a man is killed and a bounty is placed on Washington’s head, Wilde must choose between family bonds and Washington’s life. Washington Black is an electrifying story of self-invention and betrayal, of love and redemption that asks the question, what is true freedom?

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