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. Growing up in the predominantly 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.
Hill is the author of nine books. His 2007 novel The Book of Negroes (also published as Someone Knows My Name and Aminata) won the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best Book and both CBC Canada Reads and Radio Canada’s Combat des livres. A television mini series based on the novel is currently in production. In 2013, Hill wrote the non-fiction book Blood: the Stuff of Life, which formed the basis of his 2013 Massey Lectures. In 2014, he completed co-writing the TV miniseries adaption of his novel The Book of Negroes, which is currently in production in South Africa and Canada.