Esi Edugyan - Washington Black — at Politics and Prose at Union Market, in partnership with Young African Professionals

Upcoming Event
Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Edugyan’s Half-Blood Blues won the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Anisfield Wolf Prize, and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for its compelling depiction of a jazz bassist in Europe in the early 1940s. Equally evocative of time and place, her new novel, longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, unfolds in the nineteenth century and ranges from Barbados to the eastern seaboard to the Arctic. Washington Black is an eleven-year-old field slave when the story opens. Then he’s made a manservant to his master’s brother, and his life begins to change. Christopher Wilde is a naturalist, explorer, scientist, inventor, and abolitionist. He has the courage of his convictions, and when Wash is accused of murder, he flees with him. Loosely based on actual events, Edugyan’s fiction is a rich exploration of friendship, obligation, and freedom.

This event is presented in partnership with Young African Professionals DC.


Politics and Prose at Union Market
1270 5th St NE
Washington, DC 20002
Union Market
Fiction & Poetry
Washington Black: A novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525521426
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Knopf - September 18th, 2018

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