Media Advisory - Author Lawrence Hill to discuss latest book at Black History Month celebration

TORONTO, Feb. 8, 2016 /CNW/ - To celebrate Black History Month, the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers (CABL) invite you to come and hear renowned author Lawrence Hill discuss and read excerpts from his newest book, The Illegal, on February 9.

Hill is the author of 10 books, including The Illegal and The Book of Negroes. He has received many awards, including The Commonwealth Writers' Prize, the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize, and CBC Radio's Canada Reads.

Hill delivered the 2013 Massey Lectures, based on his non-fiction book Blood: The Stuff of Life. He also co-wrote the adaptation for the six-part television miniseries The Book of Negroes, which attracted millions of viewers in the United States and Canada.

The Illegal tells the story of Keita Ali, a talented marathon runner and undocumented refugee living in the fictional Freedom State. Despite its name, the place does not welcome Keita or his countrymen as they seek refuge from the harsh conditions of the also fictional Zantoroland. Timely and insightful, the book encourages us to reflect on the very real refugee crises of today.

An audience question and answer session and a reception will follow Hill's presentation.

Public registration for the event is now closed. Interested media outlets are invited to contact the Law Society (see information below) to arrange for their attendance, or watch via simultaneous webcast.

Event Details


February 9, 2016


5:30 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.


7:15 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.


Osgoode Hall, 130 Queen St. W., Toronto
(Please enter through the east-side doors facing Nathan Phillips Square.)

SOURCE The Law Society of Upper Canada

For further information: Media contact: Susan Tonkin, Communications Advisor - Media Relations,, or 416-947-7605. Thank you for confirming in advance your attendance and any set up requirements.


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