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Acclaimed novelist Lawrence Hill to receive honorary degree

June 10, 2010


TORONTO, ON. – On Tuesday, June 15, 2010 at 10:00 a.m., the University of Toronto will award acclaimed Canadian author Lawrence Hill an honorary doctor of letters degree in recognition of his contributions to Canadian literature, in particular through his exploration of race relations and humanitarian concerns.

Lawrence Hill is a fiction and non-fiction author whose work addresses, among other themes, the social history of slavery and race relations in Canada and internationally. His 2007 novel, The Book of Negroes, has won international praise and is being translated into several languages. It won the overall Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, the Ontario Library Association’s Evergreen Award, and CBC Radio’s 2009 Canada Reads competition. The book was also a finalist for the Hurston/Wright LEGACY Award and longlisted for both the Giller Prize and the IMPAC Award.  In 2005, Hill won the National Magazine Award for the best essay published in Canada.  He has worked as a reporter with the Globe and Mail, and as a parliamentary correspondent for the Winnipeg Free Press.

Lawrence Hill is a graduate of the University of Toronto Schools. He has a B.A. in economics from Laval University and an M.A. in writing from Johns Hopkins University,

Members of the media are invited to attend the convocation ceremony, but seating is limited and advance confirmation of attendance is required. Please RSVP to U of T media relations at 416-978-0100 no later than 3 p.m. on Monday, June 14.

WHAT:           Lawrence Hill to receive honorary degree at spring convocation.

WHEN:           Tuesday, June 15, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. Media need to RSVP in advance and should arrive no later than 9:45 a.m. to ensure seating.

WHERE:        University of Toronto, Convocation Hall, 31 King’s College Circle.


For more information and to RSVP:

contact media relations at 416-978-0100