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Media Release
September 17, 2015
Halifax, NS

Pier 21 Reads Launches with Scotiabank Giller Prize-winning Author Esi Edugyan

This fall, Scotiabank Giller Prize-winning author Esi Edugyan will launch Pier 21 Reads, with two free author readings at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21.

On Thursday, September 24 at 10 a.m. and Friday, September 25 at 7 p.m., Ms. Edugyan will speak on the themes of immigration and Canadian identity as well as read excerpts from her novels Half-Blood Blues, The Second Life of Samuel Tyne and Dreaming of Elsewhere: Observation on Home. A second generation Canadian whose parents immigrated to Canada from Ghana, she will also engage attendees in a special Q & A and book signing.

Pier 21 Reads is an annual public reading and book signing by an acclaimed Canadian author at the Museum which encourages dialogue on themes of immigration and Canadian identity.

Pier 21 Reads with Esi Edugyan is presented in English in partnership with the Halifax Public Libraries and CBC. Select titles will be available for purchase at the Pier 21 Gift Shop.

Quick Facts

  • Esi Edugyan has held fellowships in the US, Scotland, Iceland, Germany, Hungary, Finland, Spain and Belgium. Today, she lives in Victoria, BC, with her husband and two daughters.
  • Thursday, September 24 will be hosted by Shauntay Grant.
  • Friday, September 25 will be hosted by CBC Mainstreet’s Stephanie Domet.


“We are thrilled to welcome acclaimed Canadian author Esi Edugyan to the Museum for the launch of Pier 21 Reads. Her works are engaging audiences locally and around the world. Attendees will be inspired to reflect on their own impressions of immigration, Canadian identity and the idea of home.”

- Matthew Ritchie, Public Programs Manager

Media Contacts

Cailin MacDonald
Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
(902) 425-7770 ext. 228

Stéphanie Comeau
Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
(902) 425-7770 ext. 264