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Lawrence Hill is the author of ten books of fiction and nonfiction. His third novel, The Book of Negroes, has been published around the world and won numerous accolades, including the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, and CBC Canada Reads. He delivered the 2013 Massey Lectures based on his book Blood: The Stuff of Life. Hill is a professor of creative writing at the University of Guelph and lives in Hamilton.

Award History

2007 Winner

Atwood Gibson Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize
for The Book of Negroes

Jury Citation

“Lawrence Hill’s The Book of Negroes is a work of epic, passionate storytelling, where history charts its course through the singular life of a remarkable woman. Aminata Diallo refuses to be one among the nameless, nor to let the nameless disappear into the invisible spaces of history. ‘Fear no man and come to know him,’ Aminata’s father tells her early in the novel, and Lawrence Hill fearlessly follows this edict. A provocative, humane journey not only across oceans and back again, into homelands both stolen and reclaimed, but into the unfathomable depths of the soul of another.” — 2007 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize Jury (Kevin Major, Kim Moritsugu, and Madeleine Thien)

Program History

2021 Selector

Rising Stars


Writer in Residence

Berton House Writers’ Residency

Works recognized by WT

The Book of Negroes