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Announcing the 2021 CBC Massey Lecturer: Esi Edugyan

For Release: 29th March, 2021

Contact: Debby de Groot

The CBC Massey Lectures – 2021

Out of the Sun: On Art, Race, and the Future

Esi Edugyan


In the 2021 CBC Massey Lectures, two-time Scotiabank Giller Prize winner and internationally bestselling author, Esi Edugyan delivers a major work of nonfiction, and an incisive analysis of the relationship between race and art. 

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? 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.

Esi Edugyan is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and the University of Victoria, and was raised in Calgary, Alberta. She is the award-winning and internationally bestselling author of Washington Black, which was a finalist for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and the Man Booker Award and won the Scotiabank Giller Prize; Half-Blood Blues, which was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award and the Man Booker Prize and won the Scotiabank Giller Prize; and The Second Life of Samuel Tyne. She is also the author of Dreaming of Elsewhere, which is part of the Kreisel Memorial Lecture Series. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia.

The CBC Massey Lectures is a partnership between CBC, House of Anansi Press and Massey College in the University of Toronto, providing a forum where contemporary thinkers can explore important issues of our time. The 2021 CBC Massey Lectures can be heard this fall on CBC Radio and CBC Listen. Visit or follow @cbcideas on Twitter for more information as details become available

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