U of G Celebrates Black History Month with Reading by Noted Author

February 12, 2009 - News Release

The University of Guelph's McLaughlin Library, the C.J. Munford Centre and the University Bookstore will celebrate Black History Month by hosting an evening with award-winning author Lawrence Hill Feb. 24 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the library.

Hill will read from his novel The Book of Negroes, which received the 2008 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for best book and the 2007 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and was long-listed for the Giller Prize. It was also selected as one of five Canadian “must-reads” by CBC’s Canada Reads program. Hill himself was named author of the year at the Canadian Booksellers Association’s Libris Awards.

"Lawrence Hill is an enormously talented writer who uses the window of black history to frame razor sharp insights into the human experience," said Michael Ridley, U of G's chief information officer and chief librarian. "This reading is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate both Canadian writing and Black History Month."

After the reading, Hill will answer questions and sign copies of his book, which will be available for sale at the event.

The reading is free and open to the general public, but advance registration is required. Spaces may be reserved online.

For media questions, call Barry Gunn at Ext. 56982, bagunn@uoguelph.ca, or Lori Bona Hunt at Ext. 53338, lhunt@uoguelph.ca.

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