Book Club

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Arts & Science Book Club

2016 Book Club selection: The Illegal by Lawrence Hill

The College of Arts & Science will welcome Lawrence Hill, award-winning author of The Illegal and The Book of Negroes, at two free public events this fall.

Monday, Nov. 21
Both events at Convocation Hall, Peter MacKinnon Building

1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Book Club: The Illegal

Talk, discussion and coffee

7:30 p.m.
My Writing Life

Talk and book signing

About The Illegal and Lawrence Hill

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.

Alumni, students and the wider college community are invited to read The Illegal in anticipation of Lawrence Hill’s Nov. 21, 2016 visit to campus. Events with the author that day are open to the public.

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) received 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 non-fiction book, Blood: The Stuff of Life (2013), 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 was 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.

To learn more about upcoming Arts & Science Book Club events with Lawrence Hill, sign up for alumni email updates or visit the book club website.


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 and faculty 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 of Arts & Science.

Past Book Club Authors include:

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