Hapa-palooza Festival presents The Book of Negroes

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September 17, 2015
SFU's Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
149 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC 

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What are the highs and lows of transforming a critically acclaimed best-selling novel into a major television mini-series? What is it like to write dialogue for Cuba Gooding Jr.? How do mixed race origins lead to an inspired creative career exploring issues of identity and belonging? Join Lawrence Hill, author of The Book of Negroes, and CBC Hot Air radio host Margaret Gallagher in an evening of stimulating thought, rich revelations and intimate conversation.

Author of more than ten books, Lawrence Hill’s writing includes non-fiction books Black BerrySweet Juice: On Being Black and White in Canada, and most recently Blood: The Stuff of Life, which was delivered as the 2013 Massey lecture series. But it is Hill's third novel,The Book of Negroes, which has brought his work to readers across the world, garnering him a Commonwealth Prize for Best Book, the Rogers/Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and the CBC Canada Reads prize. In 2015, Hill co-write the script for The Book of Negroes television mini-series, starring Cuba Gooding Jr. (Jerry Maguire) and Aunjanue Ellis (The Help). The mini-series aired on CBC in Canada and BET in the United States. Hill was recently appointed to the Order of Canada. This will be Hill's first public event in Vancouver after the launch of his highly-anticipated fourth novel, The Illegal.

Margaret Gallagher is an award-winning CBC radio host and passionate community advocate who can be found hosting events from the International Jazz Festival to Asian Heritage Month. She is of Malaysian-Chinese and Irish heritage.

Copies of Lawrence Hill’s books including The Illegal will be available for sale and author-signing.

The Book of Negroes is a masterpiece…” The Globe and Mail

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VIP Front Row seating $25 (+ $3.25 S/C)

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With Lawrence Hill and Margaret Gallagher



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Congratulations to our inaugural award winners: Fred Wah, Ann Makosinski, and Kip Fulbeck (L-R).  Photo by Jordan Yerman of the Vancouver Observer. Awards by Eclipse Awards.

Congratulations to our inaugural award winners: Fred Wah, Ann Makosinski, and Kip Fulbeck (L-R). 
Photo by Jordan Yerman of the Vancouver Observer. Awards by Eclipse Awards.


Sunday Sept 28 - Last Day of the Festival!

We can't believe today is the last day of 2014's festival! It's been an amazing run, and today's events are going to be wonderful as well! 

As usual with our festival, both events are Free! We look forward to seeing you there.

More details HERE.

Join the family fun! Travel the world with family friendly yoga led by Nargis Dhirani and Sunkosi Maya starting at 1pm, followed with music by soulful singer and song-writer Green Tara at 2pm, and closing with the dynamic dance and music of Compaigni V'ni Dansi's Louis Riel Métis Dancers at 3pm. Throughout the event there will be fun family activities, including ultimate balloons by Michael Ouchi, face painting, a photo booth, and an interactive art project celebrating our heritage. 

Location: Granville Island Picnic Pavilion, adjacent to Cat’s Social House and waterpark

SUNDAY SEP. 28, 4PM-8:30PM
DANCE: 4:15PM-6:30PM

Come unwind after the festival with the Hapa-palooza crew at a free family-friendly dance and movie screening. The Vancouver Blues and Fusion Dancers and The Blues Cafe will be presenting a public dance with the city’s best blues & fusion dance DJs. The Vancouver Asian Film Festival and Hapa-palooza will be presenting a special film screening of Jeff Chiba Stearns' feature documentary, One Big Hapa Family, starting at 7pm with director Q&A to follow.

Location: Aché Brasil, 314 East Broadway Street