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The Book Of Negroes

by (author) Lawrence Hill

Publisher
HarperCollins
Initial publish date
Oct 2007
Category
General
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9780006481010
    Publish Date
    May 2010
    List Price
    $19.95
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781554686551
    Publish Date
    Jul 2010
    List Price
    $11.99
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9780002255073
    Publish Date
    Jan 2007
    List Price
    $34.95
  • Downloadable audio file

    ISBN
    9781443434102
    Publish Date
    Aug 2016
    List Price
    $34.99 USD
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781443409094
    Publish Date
    Oct 2011
    List Price
    $21.00
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781443408981
    Publish Date
    Sep 2011
    List Price
    $10.99
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781554681563
    Publish Date
    Oct 2007
    List Price
    $24.99

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Description

Abducted as an 11-year-old child from her village in West Africa and forced to walk for months to the sea in a coffle—a string of slaves— Aminata Diallo is sent to live as a slave in South Carolina. But years later, she forges her way to freedom, serving the British in the Revolutionary War and registering her name in the historic “Book of Negroes.” This book, an actual document, provides a short but immensely revealing record of freed Loyalist slaves who requested permission to leave the US for resettlement in Nova Scotia, only to find that the haven they sought was steeped in an oppression all of its own.

Aminata’s eventual return to Sierra Leone—passing ships carrying thousands of slaves bound for America—is an engrossing account of an obscure but important chapter in history that saw 1,200 former slaves embark on a harrowing back-to-Africa odyssey. Lawrence Hill is a master at transforming the neglected corners of history into brilliant imaginings, as engaging and revealing as only the best historical fiction can be. A sweeping story that transports the reader from a tribal African village to a plantation in the southern United States, from the teeming Halifax docks to the manor houses of London, The Book of Negroes introduces one of the strongest female characters in recent Canadian fiction, one who cuts a swath through a world hostile to her colour and her sex.

About the author

LAWRENCE HILL is a professor of creative writing at the University of Guelph. He is the author of ten books, including The Illegal; The Book Of Negroes; Any Known Blood; and Black Berry, Sweet Juice: On Being Black and White in Canada. He is the winner of various awards, including the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the Canada Council for the Arts Molson Prize, and is a two-time winner of CBC Radio’s Canada Reads. Hill delivered the North America-wide 2013 Massey Lectures, based on his non-fiction book Blood: The Stuff of Life. He co-wrote the adaptation for the six-part television miniseries The Book of Negroes, which attracted millions of viewers and won eleven Canadian Screen Awards. The recipient of nine honorary doctorates from Canadian universities, Hill served as chair of the jury of the 2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize. He is a volunteer with Book Clubs for Inmates and the Black Loyalist Heritage Society, and is an honorary patron of Crossroads International, for which he has volunteered for more than thirty-five years and with which he has travelled to Niger, Cameroon, Mali, and Swaziland. A 2018 Berton House resident in Dawson City, he is working on a new novel about the African-American soldiers who helped build the Alaska Highway in northern B.C. and Yukon in 1942–43. He is a Member of the Order of Canada, has been inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame, and in 2019 was named a Canada Library and Archives Scholar. He lives in Hamilton, Ontario, and in Woody Point, Newfoundland.

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Awards

  • Unknown, Commonwealth Writers Prize, Caribbean and Canada
  • Unknown, CBC Canada Reads
  • Unknown, OLA Evergreen Award

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