Last week, Canadian novelist Esi Edugyan was named as one of the winners for the 2013 The Hurston/Wright Legacy Award™. She was awarded the accolade for her novel ‘Half-Blood Blues’.
‘Half-Blood Blues’ tells the story of an exceptional half-German trumpet player, Hieronymus “Hiero” Falk, who in 1939 is arrested in a Paris cafe under the Nazi regime. He is essentially lost to history however most of his music does survive, and half a century later, his fans discover his forgotten story.
Marita Golden, co-founder of the Hurston/Wright Foundation stated, “The judges felt ‘Half-Blood Blues’ was an astonishing work of originality. They had never read a novel quite like it.”
The Hurston/Wright Foundation, was established in 1990 by Marita Golden and Clyde McElvene to celebrate the work of writers in the African diaspora.