Lawrence Hill, author of Book of Negroes, to read

Years ago, before Lawrence Hill published his acclaimed novel The Book of Negroes, there were exactly two Canadian academics who had published on his writing: Winfried Siemerling and myself. Neither of us was at UWaterloo at the time, nor had we met. Now we are both professors in the English department at UWaterloo, and there’s a good chance you might find us in the audience as Lawrence Hill speaks here about his newest novel, The Illegal, on October 7th. More about the book and the event are below. It is very timely.

Award-winning Canadian author Lawrence Hill will deliver a public lecture titled “The Illegal: A Meditation on Refugee Issues” at the CIGI Campus Auditorium on October 7. This special presentation is co-sponsored by the University of Waterloo’s Faculty of Arts and Wilfrid Laurier University.

Just published, Lawrence Hill’s novel The Illegal is the story of Keita Ali, a young marathon runner who flees a repressive regime in his native Zantoroland and finds shelter in Africtown, a community of undocumented refugees living underground in the wealthy nation of Freedom State. Keita can only be safe if he keeps moving and eludes the officials who would deport him to his own country, where he would face almost certain death.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015
CIGI Campus Auditorium
67 Erb Street West, Waterloo

7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Community reception to follow
Pre-registration is required.


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