Esi Edugyan: Black Women I’m Reading

Esi Edugyan, the best-selling author of Washington Black and Half-Blood Blues, curates a collection of articles by Black women writers, about everything from the nature of empathy to exploring the Black experience within history and in the present moment – showing some of the many different ways we could be in the world.

The Banality of Empathy

Namwali Serpell • The New York Review of Books

If witnessing suffering firsthand doesn’t necessarily spark good deeds, why do we think art about suffering will?

Tired of Talking About Diversity

Roxane Gay • Publishers Weekly

Roxane Gay calls on booksellers to stop simply talking about diversity and to step up their role in providing sanctuary, delivered as the keynote to the Publishers Weekly Winter Institute in 2017.

About the curator

Esi Edugyan is the author of multiple novels, including Half-Blood Blues, which won the Scotiabank Giller Prize and was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize, and the best-selling Washington Black, named as one of 2018’s best books of the year by The New York Times. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia.

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