Lawrence travelled with his mother, Donna Hill, to Switzerland where she went to die on May 17, 2018. His personal essay about their journey and about his mother’s life and death appeared online in the Globe and Mail on June 1, 2018 and in the print edition on June 2. Read about their journey to Switzerland, and the life that brought them there.
Le Sans-papiers, the French translation of The Illegal, has been shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Translation. Congratulations to the translators Carole Noël and Marianne Noël-Allen for their marvellous work. Montreal-based Les éditions de la Pleine Lune published the translation in 2016.
Lawrence Hill has been named one of two recipients of the 2017 Canada Council for the Arts Molson Prize, for outstanding contributions to the arts. Kent Roach also received the award, for outstanding contributions to the social sciences and humanities.
Lawrence Hill has been selected by the Writer's Trust of Canada for a Berton House residency. Hill will live and write for three months in the winter of 2018 in the childhood home of Canadian literary icon Pierre Berton in Dawson City, Yukon. Congratulations to the writers Elizabeth Ruth, Wendi Stuart and Sandy Pool, who have also been selected for Berton House residencies in 2017-2018.
The Globe and Mail has reprinted a modified excerpt of remarks that Lawrence Hill gave at Convocation at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario on November 17, on the occasion of receiving an honorary doctorate.
The Illegal is now available throughout North America as an audiobook, published by Recorded Books. Gideon Emery, who was raised in England and in South Africa starts in Teen Wolf among other films narrates the audiobook.
Carole Noël and Marianne Noël-Allen have translated The Illegal into French, as Le Sans-papiers. Montreal-based Les éditions de la Pleine Lune published the translation.
Le Sans-papiers a été publié par Les éditions de la Pleine Lune, traduit de l'anglais (The Illegal) par Carole Noël and Marianne Noël-Allen.
In the category of TV movie/miniseries, The Book of Negroes won eleven Canadian Screen Awards in March 2016. Presented at galas in Toronto on March 9 and 13, the awards included best TV movie/miniseries, best writer (an award that Clement Virgo and Lawrence Hill shared), and best director, actor, actress, and supporting actress.
HarperCollins Canada has published Café Babanussa, a novel by the late Karen Hill. The book contains Karen Hill’s autobiographical essay “On Being Crazy” as well as a foreword by her brother, Lawrence Hill.
Lawrence Hill wrote a tribute to his late sister for the April 4, 2014 edition of The Toronto Star, as well as an obituary for The Toronto Star and The Globe and Mail. A scholarship in Karen Hill’s name has been established at the Humber School for Writers, where Karen herself had received financial help to benefit from a literary mentorship. Donations are welcome here.