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Book of Negroes author visits campus

Lawrence Hill shares insights, hosts special screening of CBC mini-series

Acclaimed Canadian author Lawrence Hill visited Laurier’s Waterloo campus earlier this year, interacting with students and presenting a special screening of an episode from the CBC television adaptation of his 2007 novel, The Book of Negroes.

Hill, who received an honorary doctor of letters from Laurier in 2010, answered questions on everything from adapting his novel into a mini-series, to censorship, to race issues in Canadian history. He also presented an advance screening of an episode of the CBC adaptation of The Book of Negroes to a packed audience in the Bricker Academic Building.

Hill has made several appearances at Laurier prior to this most recent visit, even writing a portion of The Book of Negroes while staying in Laurier’s Lucinda House guest residence and in 2010 serving as Laurier’s writer-in-residence.

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