Bestselling Author, The Book of Negroes
Commonwealth Writers’ Prize winner and bestselling author of The Book of Negroes, Lawrence Hill speaks as well as he writes. With engrossing, poignant talks on diverse topics such as channeling creative energy, censorship, racial identity, mental health, and the craft of writing, Hill earns praise from every group he addresses.
In addition to The Book of Negroes, Hill is also the author of The Illegal (chosen as the CBC Canada Reads winner in 2016), the novels Any Known Blood and Some Great Thing, and the memoir Black Berry, Sweet Juice: On Being Black and White in Canada.
He is currently writing a new novel and a children’s book, and co-writing a television miniseries adaptation of The Illegal. He is also a professor of creative writing at the University of Guelph.
Hill holds honorary doctorates from five Canadian universities and in 2015 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, 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.
The Illegal was 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 served as chair of the jury of the Scotiabank Giller Prize.
Hill volunteers with Crossroads International, the Black Loyalist Heritage Society and Project Bookmark Canada.