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Lawrence Hill

Lawrence Hill

Lawrence Hill Biography

Lawrence Hill is the author of the novels Any Known Blood (1999), Some Great Thing (1992) and The Book of Negroes (2007) (Someone Knows My Name in USA) and the non-fiction works Black Berry, Sweet Juice: On Being Black and White in Canada (2001); Women of Vision: The Story of the Canadian Women's Association (1996) and Trials and Triumphs: The Story of African-Canadians (1993). He also co-authored, with Joshua Key, The Deserter's Tale: The Story of an Ordinary Soldier Who Walked Away from the War in Iraq (2007),  about former American soldier, Joshua Key's, experiences in Iraq that led him to desert after seven months and seek asylum in Canada. 

Born in Toronto in 1957, Hill is the son of a black man and a white woman, American-born civil rights activists Daniel and Donna Hill. Hill came upon the idea for The Book of Negroes in a book he borrowed from his parents about 20 years ago. The Black Loyalists, written by historian James Walker and published in 1980, tells how black Americans settled in Nova Scotia after serving the British in the Revolutionary War.

He lives in Burlington, Ontario with his wife and five children.

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This biography was last updated on 08/01/2011.

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