Scotiabank 25th Anniversary Giller Prize@The Ritz-Carlton (Mon. Nov. 19, 2018)

Photography by A.J. Lam.

Esi Edugyan, author of the novel Washington Black, has won this year’s $100,000 Scotiabank Giller Prize, the 25th anniversary of Canada’s richest literary honour.

Victoria-based author Esi Edugyan says her second time winning the $100,000 Scotiabank Giller Prize for her latest novel Washington Black felt all the more meaningful amid a climate in which truth is “under siege.”

Published by Patrick Crean Editions, the novel follows the saga of an 11-year-old boy who escapes slavery at a Barbados sugar plantation with the help of the owner’s kinder brother.

The black-tie dinner and award ceremony was hosted by Canadian comedian, television personality and author Rick Mercer,  and attended by nearly 500 members of the publishing, media and arts communities. The gala was broadcast and streamed live on CBC, the CBC streaming app, CBC Radio One and

The shortlist of five authors and their books, announced on October 1, 2018, included: