Lawrence Hill: Artist Talk
Lawrence Hill will describe the research for his current novel-in-progress
about the 3,000 African-American soldiers who helped to build the Alaska
Highway through Northern BC, Yukon and Alaska during World War Two.
Lawrence Hill is the author of ten books, including The Illegal and The Book of Negroes, winner of various awards including The Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, and CBC Radio’s Canada Reads. Hill delivered the 2013 Massey Lectures, based on his non-fiction book Blood: The Stuff of Life. He co-wrote the adaptation for the six-part television miniseries The Book of Negroes, which attracted millions of viewers in the United States and Canada. He is currently writing a new novel and a children’s book, and co-writing a television miniseries adaptation of The Illegal for Conquering Lion Pictures. He holds honorary doctorates from six Canadian universities. In 2015, he was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada, received the Governor General’s History Award and was inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame. In 2016, his novel The Illegal won CBC Canada Reads after a spirited defense by Olympian and philanthropist Clara Hughes. The Illegal has been longlisted for the 2017 International DUBLIN Literary Award and was shortlisted in 2016 for the NAACP Image Award (for fiction) and the Hamilton Arts Council Literary Award. In 2016, Hill (along with co-writer Clement Virgo) won the best writing award from the Canadian Screen Awards for the TV miniseries adaptation of The Book of Negroes, which won CSA awards in a total of eleven categories including best TV movie/miniseries, director, actress, actor and supporting actress. Hill volunteers with Crossroads International, the Black Loyalist Heritage Society and Project Bookmark Canada, and lives with his family in Hamilton, ON. In 2016, Hill served as chair of the jury of the 2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize and became a professor of creative writing at the University of Guelph.