Lawrence Hill: Host of Books and Brunch on Sunday June 5, 2016
Lawrence Hill was greatly influenced by his parents’ work in the human rights movement. Much of Hill’s writing touches on issues of identity and belonging. The Illegal, the fourth novel and tenth book by Lawrence Hill, won recently won the CBC Canada Reads 2016.
About The Illegal: “Keita Ali is on the run.
Like every boy on the mountainous island of Zantoroland, running is all Keita’s ever wanted to do. In one of the poorest nations in the world, running means respect. Running means riches—until Keita is targeted for his father’s outspoken political views and discovers he must run for his family’s survival.
Fast moving and compelling, The Illegal casts a satirical eye on people who have turned their backs on undocumented refugees struggling to survive in a nation that does not want them. Hill’s depiction of life on the borderlands of society urges us to consider the plight of the unseen and the forgotten who live among us.” – HarperCollins Canada
Hill’s 2007 novel The Book of Negroes (also published as Someone Knows My Name and Aminata) won the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book, and both CBC Radio’s Canada Reads and Radio-Canada’s Combat des livres. Along with director Clement Virgo, Hill co-wrote a six-part television miniseries based on The Book of Negroes, which appeared on CBC TV in Canada and on BET in the USA in early 2015. In 2016, The Book of Negroes miniseries won eleven Canadian Screen Awards, included best TV movie/miniseries, best writer (an award that Clement Virgo and Lawrence Hill shared), and best director, actor, actress, and supporting actress.