THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17
THE BOOK OF NEGROES - AN EVENING WITH LAWRENCE HILL
Regular $17 (+ $3 S/C)
VIP Front Row $25 (+ $3.25 S/C)
With Lawrence Hill and Margaret Gallagher
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. Copies of Lawrence Hill’s books including his new release The Illegal will be available for sale and author-signing.
Goldcorps Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St., Vancouver BC
About the Artists:
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 ten 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 Radio’s Canada Reads and Radio-Canada’s Combat des livres. In 2013, Hill wrote the non-fiction books Blood: the Stuff of Life (which formed the basis of his 2013 Massey Lectures) and Dear Sir, I Intend to Burn Your Book: An Anatomy of a Book Burning. Along with director Clement Virgo, he co-wrote a six-part television miniseries based on The Book of Negroes, which appeared on CBC TV in Canada and on BET in the USA in early 2015. His fourth novel, The Illegal, will be published by HarperCollins Canada in September, 2015 and by WW Norton in the United States in January, 2016.
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.
In April 2010, Margaret took the reins as host for CBC Radio One's Hot Air, CBC's longest running radio program. Margaret has been a regular part of CBC Radio One's The Early Edition since 2001, and was the BC host of CBC Radio 2's Canada Live.
Margaret has won several awards including two prestigious National RTNDA (Radio-Television News Directors Association of Canada Awards) Dave Rogers Award for Best Radio Feature for her piece "Fade to Black", about the closing of the last drive-in in the Lower Mainland and one for "Gail the Golden Age Goalie" where we met a 77 year old goaltender who shows no signs of slowing down.
In her varied career she has experienced many things, including a job dressing up as Barney Rubble and baking over 50,000 pieces of cheesecake (though not at the same time). Margaret's passions include playing ice hockey, food and chasing her rambunctious toddler all over town.