Book Club

Immerse yourself in a great book, join a community discussion and visit with the author.

Thank you for your submissions! Nominations for the 2017/18 College of Arts & Science Book Club are now closed. Watch this page for news about the book club selection.

About the Arts & Science Book Club

The Arts & Science Book Club brings together the entire College of Arts & Science in the study of a chosen book, culminating in a visit by the author. The college encourages students, staff, faculty and alumni to read the book in anticipation of the author's visit, and asks faculty to incorporate the book into their courses wherever possible.

Book club selections are chosen by a committee from nominations submitted by faculty, staff, students and alumni of the college.


On Nov. 21, 2016, the College of Arts & Science welcomed award-winning Canadian author Lawrence Hill to Saskatoon. The author shared insights about the college’s 2016 book club selection The Illegal and spoke about his life as a writer at two public events on campus. Watch a recording of the full My Writing Life talk:



Winner of CBC's Canada Reads 2016 competition. The Illegal is the compelling story of a refugee on the run for his family's survival.

Lawrence Hill is an award-winning and internationally bestselling Canadian author of 10 books of fiction and non-fiction. His novel The Book of Negroes was adapted into a television miniseries last year and another series is in the works for The Illegal. The Book of Negroes (2007) won The Rogers/Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, the CBC Radio’s Canada Reads and Radio Canada’s Le Combat des livres and The Commonwealth Prize for Best Book. Hill’s 2013 non-fiction book Blood: The Stuff of Life was the basis for the 2013 Massey Lectures, which he delivered across Canada.

Hill has a BA in economics from Laval University in Quebec City and an MA in writing from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honorary degrees, including the Governor General’s History Award, and has been appointed to the Order of Canada and inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame. He is a professor of creative writing at the University of Guelph. Hill lives with his family in Hamilton, ON and in Woody Point, NFLD.


More Info

Read our feature interview with Lawrence Hill: Interview Link

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