The Atwater Library’s Author Reading Series is in full swing. Below is information about an upcoming event.
Author of The Book of Negroes
WHERE: Atwater Library, 1200 Atwater Avenue (at Tupper) – Métro Atwater
WHEN: Thursday, September 6, 2007 at 7:00 pm
FREE ADMISSION – EVERYONE WELCOME
REFRESHMENTS: Coffee will be served.
LAWRENCE HILL will read from his new work of fiction, The Book of Negroes, told in the voice of an 18th century African woman who journeys twice across the Atlantic Ocean — first as a child slave, and much later in life as a free woman sailing from Halifax and trying to go home.
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Lawrence Hill is the son of a white mother and black father who moved to Canada to escape racial tensions in the United States. Hill grew up in a predominantly white neighbourhood in Toronto where his parents founded the Ontario Black History Society, experiences that strongly influenced his later writing on issues of identity and belonging. After earning a B.A. in economics from the University of Laval and an M.A. in writing from Johns Hopkins University, Hill worked as a reporter with The Globe and Mail, and as a parliamentary correspondent for The Winnipeg Free Press. To date, he has published three novels, including The Book of Negroes, and four non-fiction works, most recently The Deserter’s Tale: the Story of an Ordinary Soldier Who Walked Away from the War in Iraq.
BRING A FRIEND AND TAKE PART in this opportunity to hear a fascinating excavation of Canada’s unspoken history.
This event is made possible with funding from Canada Council for the Arts.