|Notable work(s)||Half-Blood Blues|
|Notable award(s)||Scotiabank Giller Prize
2011 Half-Blood Blues
|Spouse(s)||Steven Price (200?-)|
Born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, to Ghanaian immigrant parents, she studied creative writing at the University of Victoria and Johns Hopkins University before publishing her debut novel, The Second Life of Samuel Tyne, in 2004.
Despite favourable reviews for her first novel, Edugyan had difficulty securing a publisher for her second fiction manuscript. She spent some time as a writer-in-residence in Stuttgart, Germany, which inspired her to drop her unsold manuscript and write another novel, Half-Blood Blues, about a mixed-race jazz musician in World War II-era Europe who is abducted by the Nazis as a "Rhineland Bastard".
Published in 2011, Half-Blood Blues was announced as a shortlisted nominee for that year's Man Booker Prize, Scotiabank Giller Prize, Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize and Governor General's Award for English language fiction. She was one of two Canadian writers, alongside Patrick deWitt, to make all four award lists in 2011. On November 8, 2011, she won the Giller Prize for Half-Blood Blues. Again alongside deWitt, Half-Blood Blues was also shortlisted for the 2012 Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction. In April 2012, it was announced that Edugyan had won an Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Half-Blood Blues.
- "Writing the blues". Quill & Quire, July 2011.
- "Two Canadians Shortlisted for Man Booker". The Mark, September 6, 2011.
- "DeWitt and Edugyan add Giller nods to Booker nominations". The Globe and Mail, October 4, 2011.
- "Booker nominees Edugyan, deWitt make shortlist for Writers' Trust prize". The Globe and Mail, September 28, 2011.
- "Edugyan, deWitt shortlisted for Governor General literary award". Toronto Star, October 11, 2011.
- Esi Edugyan wins the Giller Prize. CBC News, November 8, 2011.
- "Edugyan and deWitt face off in yet another literary contest". The Globe and Mail, April 4, 2012.