BHM23: OUT OF THE SUN – On Black History and Storytelling

BC Black History Awareness Society      16 Feb 2023      Hermann’s Upstairs (2nd floor), 751 View Street, Victoria BC      Partner/affiliate event

5:00 to 7:00 pm PST

A conversation with award-winning novelist ESI EDUGYAN.

A partnership with BC Black History Awareness Society and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives– BC Office (CCPA-BC); and sponsored in part by Hermann’s Upstairs, Government of Canada, Government of British Columbia, and CRD Arts.

Suggested donation: in-person $25.00; $15.00 for BCBHAS and CCPA members and students. Online: free. Please donate as you wish.
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5:00 PM: Musical performance
5:30 PM: Onstage live conversation with with Esi Edugyan
6:15 PM: Questions and answers
6:35 pm: Musical performance; and Ms. Edugyan will sign books for in-person attendees (books available for purchase).

This is a 19+event. The venue is mask-friendly for those who wish to attend in person. Hermann’s Upstairs is on the 2nd floor , there is no elevator access.

Bestselling Canadian author, novelist, essayist, ESI EDUGYAN, is noted for writing “richly imagined and impeccably researched stories that illuminate complicated truths about race and belonging”.

In 2020, Edugyan was invited to deliver the prestigious CBC Massey Lectures, exploring the relationship between art and race. This incisive analysis was collected into Out of the Sun: On Race and Storytelling. Through the lens of visual art, literature, film, and the author’s lived experience, Out of the Sun examines the depiction of Black histories in art, offering new perspectives to challenge the accepted narrative. History is a construction; what happens when we begin to consider stories at the margins, when we grant them centrality? How does that complicate our certainties about who we are, as individuals, as nations, as human beings? “An essential reckoning with how history is made” (Publishers Weekly, starred review)


  • 2020 Shortlist, International Dublin Literary Award
  • 2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize, Washington Black*
  • 2018 Finalist, Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction, Washington Black
  • 2018 Finalist, Man Booker Prize, Washington Black
  • 2018 Finalist, Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction,Washington Black
  • 2011 Scotiabank Giller Prize, Half-Blood Blues*
  • 2011 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, Half-Blood Blues
  • 2011 Finalist, Man Booker Prize, Half-Blood Blues

*Only 2 other Canadian authors have won the Scotiabank Giller Prize twice.