About Lawrence Hill

Lawrence Hill Lawrence Hill is the son of American immigrants — a black father and a white mother — who came to Canada the day after they married in 1953 in Washington, D.C. On his father’s side, Hill’s grandfather and great grandfather were ministers of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. His mother came from a Republican family in Oak Park, Illinois, graduated from Oberlin College and went on to become a civil rights activist in D.C. Growing up in the pre- dominantly white suburb of Don Mills, Ontario in the sixties, Hill was greatly influenced by his parents’ work in the human rights movement. Much of Hill’s writing touches on issues of identity and belonging. His novel, The Book of Negroes, is partially set in Birchtown, NS, and has attracted attention worldwide. The six-part miniseries, The Book of Negroes, features several Nova Scotia locations, including the Halifax Regional Municipality, Shelburne, Lunenburg, and Louisbourg.

Learn more about Lawrence Hill and his work on his official website.

Our September contest

Enter to win a DVD copy of the mini-series The Book of Negroes.

To win, fill out a ballot at your local Annapolis Valley Regional Library branch


Find our contest post on Facebook.


enter on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #BookClub150.

Lots of ways to enter. Good luck! Contest ends September 30th, 2017. 

Please note that the prize must be picked up at an Annapolis Valley Regional Library Branch.

Reading list

Click on a link below to visit www.valleylibrary.ca.

Sign in with your AVRL library card, place a hold, and have a copy sent to the Valley Library of your choice.

The Illegal

The Book of Negroes

Black Berry, Sweet Juice

Any Known Blood

The Deserter’s Tale

April - Sandra and Ron Lightburn

Lawrence Hill on Fiction and Writing “The Illegal”.

What is Book Club 150?

To celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, we are highlighting a different Canadian author or illustrator for each month of 2017. To celebrate with us, we encourage you to read the books, join our online conversation, and enter our monthly contests. Our featured books include titles for kids, teens, and adult readers. Pick up a copy at your local library, look for a Book Club in a Bag to share, or find a library Book Club near you. We’ll have special events and contests throughout the year, so be sure to visit our library website at www.valleylibrary.ca, or look for feature posts each month on our new library blog site, RenewYourCuriosity.ca.

Featured storytellers

January 2017

Robert Munsch

February 2017

André Alexis

March 2017

Mariko & Jillian Tamaki

April 2017

Ron & Sandra Lightburn

May 2017

Christy Ann Conlin

June 2017

Julie Flett

July 2017

Marie-Louise Gay

August 2017

Jon Klassen

September 2017

Lawrence Hill

October 2017

Jeff Lemire

November 2017

Sydney Smith 

December 2017

Ami McKay