8:30 pm Saturday August 13 SOLD OUT
The Bruce Hutchison Memorial Lecture
Lawrence Hill’s third novel, The Book of Negroes, has sold a staggering half-a-million-plus copies in Canada alone. The television mini-series based on the book attracted an equally impressive viewership and the work, in both media, won numerous prestigious awards.
The latest of Lawrence Hill’s ten books is The Illegal, a timely work that concerns the plight of an undocumented African refugee. The main character, an elite marathon runner, flees his brutally totalitarian island homeland for a much wealthier island state where anti-refugee sentiment prevails. The two islands are fictitious but could easily represent any two of the many nations embroiled in the current refugee/migrant crisis dominating today’s headlines. The book is about race, immigration and the relocation of the politically disenfranchised.