Lawrence Hill is the bestselling author of eleven books. He teaches creative writing at the University of Guelph.
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Lawrence Hill is the internationally bestselling author of eleven books of fiction and nonfiction, including (most recently) Beatrice and Croc Harry, The Book of Negroes (which was made into a six-part TV mini-series) and The Illegal, both of which won CBC Canada Reads. His previous novels, Some Great Thing and Any Known Blood, also became national bestsellers. Hill’s nonfiction work includes Blood: The Stuff of Life (the subject of his 2013 Massey Lectures), and the memoir Black Berry, Sweet Juice: On Being Black and White in Canada.


Hill is a professor of creative writing at the University of Guelph. His volunteer work has included Crossroads International, the Black Loyalist Heritage Society, Book Clubs for Inmates, The Ontario Black History Society, and Walls to Bridges – a non-profit group offering university courses to incarcerated Canadians.


Hill is writing screenplays for a TV miniseries in development, and a novel about the African-American soldiers who help build the Alaska Highway in northern British Columbia and Yukon during World War Two. He is a member of the Order of Canada, and a winner of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize.

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My parents never limited my reading and I have never restricted reading by my own children so I never had to hide any books and I hope my kids never felt that way either.

I love the opening lines of manybooks. One of my favourite is from the essay Stranger in the Village by the American writer James Baldwin, it starts like this: “From all available evidence no Black man had ever set foot in this tiny Swiss village before I came.”

Unfortunately: cluttered always.

“Could I please hurry up and finish writing this book?”

To become a rock and roll musician.

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