Have you vowed to wean yourself off Netflix and get some serious reading done this summer – then have a great chat about what you’ve read with an equally engaged group of book lovers?
Come prepared to delve into Washington Black, a dazzling, original novel of slavery and freedom, from the author of the international bestseller Half-Blood Blues, Esi Edugyan. Washington Black won the 2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize.
This event is hosted by blogger and book reviewer Anne Logan of ivereadthis.com, and is part of Wordfest's monthly book club series in the Engagement Lab at Memorial Park Library.
About Washington Black by Esi Edugyan
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 horrified to find himself chosen to live in the quarters of one of these men. But the man is not as Washington expects him to be. His new master is the eccentric Christopher Wilde – naturalist, explorer, inventor and abolitionist – whose obsession to perfect a winged flying machine disturbs all who know him. Washington is initiated into a world of wonder: a world where the night sea is set alight with fields of jellyfish, where a simple cloth canopy can propel a man across the sky, 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.
About your host, Anne Logan
Anne Logan worked in the Canadian publishing industry for 7 years, and loved every minute of it. Now she reviews books online at iverreadthis.com, and on-air for CBC Calgary.