Authors on Art


Authors on Art: Lawrence Hill

    Sunday 8 September 2019, 2:00 pm

Join us for our Authors on Art series with acclaimed writer Lawrence Hill. Held alongside Material Tells, an exhibition that looks at how cultural narratives are embedded in the materials artists use, Oakville Galleries has invited Hill to discuss his work as a writer. Hill will discuss the process of researching the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade and the Black Loyalists for his award-winning novel The Book of Negroes. He will also discuss his current research into the construction of the Alaska Highway, and the novel he is writing about the 5,000 African American soldiers who built the 3,000 km highway through Northern BC and Yukon during the Second World War.

This program is free of charge; pre-registration required.

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Authors on Art is generously supported by our Public Programs Partner Chubb.


Lawrence Hill is a professor of creative writing at the University of Guelph. He is the author of ten books, including The Illegal, The Book of Negroes, Any Known Blood, and Black Berry, Sweet Juice: On Being Black and White in Canada. He is the winner of various awards including The Commonwealth Writers' Prize, and two-time winner of CBC Radio's Canada Reads. Hill delivered the Canada-wide 2013 Massey Lectures, based on his non-fiction book Blood: The Stuff of Life. He co-wrote the adaptation for the six-part television miniseries The Book of Negroes, which attracted millions of viewers and won eleven Canadian Screen Awards. The recipient of nine honorary doctorates from Canadian universities, as well as the 2017 Canada Council for the Arts Molson Prize, Hill served as chair of the jury of the 2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize. He is a volunteer with Book Clubs for Inmates and the Black Loyalist Heritage Society, and is an honorary patron of Crossroads International, for which he has volunteered for 40 years and with which he has travelled to Niger, Cameroon, Mali and Swaziland. He is a Member of the Order of Canada, and lives in Hamilton, Ontario and in Woody Point, Newfoundland.



Sunday 8 September 2019, 2:00 pm


Oakville Public Library, Central Branch Auditorium
120 Navy Street, Oakville