Black Berry, Sweet Juice: On Being Black and White in Canada




      Black Berry, Sweet Juice: On Being Black and White in Canada
Lawrence Hill s remarkable novel, Any Known Blood, amulti generational story about a Canadian man of mixed race, was met withcritical acclaim and it marked the emergence of a powerful new voice in Canadianwriting Now Hill, himself a child of a black father and white mother, brings usBLACK BERRY, SWEET JUICE On Being Black and White in Canada, aprovocative and unprecedented look at a timely and engrossing topic.In BLACK BERRY, SWEET JUICE, Hill movingly reveals his struggleto understand his own personal and racial identity Raised by human rightsactivist parents in a predominantly white Ontario suburb, he is imbued withlingering memories and offers a unique perspective In a satirical yet serioustone, Hill describes the ambiguity involved in searching for his identity anespecially complex and difficult journey in a country that prefers to see him asneither black nor white.Interspersed with slices of his personal experiences, fascinating familyhistory and the experiences of thirty six other Canadians of mixed raceinterviewed for this book, BLACK BERRY, SWEET JUICE also examinescontemporary racial issues in Canadian society Hill explores the terms used todescribe children of mixed race, the unrelenting hostility towards mix race couples and the real meaning of the black Canadianexperience It arrives at a critical time when, in the highly publicized andcontroversial case of Elijah Van de Perre, the son of a white mother and blackfather in British Columbia, the Supreme Court of Canada has just granted custodyto Elijah s mother, Kimberly Van de Perre.A reflective, sensitive and often humourous book, BLACK BERRY, SWEET JUICEis a thought provoking discourse on the current status of race relations inCanada and it s a fascinating and important read for us all. New Read Books Black Berry, Sweet Juice: On Being Black and White in Canada by Lawrence Hill – heartforum.co.uk

Hill is the author of ten books of fiction and non fiction In 2005, he won his first literary honour a National Magazine Award for the article Is Africa s Pain Black America s Burden published in The Walrus His first two novels were Some Great Thing and Any Known Blood, and his first non fiction work to attract national attention was the memoir Black Berry, Sweet Juice On Being Black and White in Canada But it was his third novel, The Book of Negroes HarperCollins Canada, 2007 published in some countries as Someone Knows My Name and in French as Aminata that attracted widespread attention in Canada and other countries Lawrence Hill s non fiction book, Blood The Stuff of Life was published in September 2013 by House of Anansi Press Blood is a personal consideration of the physical, social, cultural and psychological aspects of blood, and how it defines, unites and divides us Hill drew from the book to deliver the 2013 Massey Lectures across Canada In 2013, Hill published the essay Dear Sir, I Intend to Burn Your Book An Anatomy of a Book Burning University of Alberta Press.His fourth novel, The Illegal, was published by HarperCollins Canada in 2015 and by WW Norton in the USA in 2016 Hill is currently writing a new novel and a children s book, and co writing a television miniseries adaptation of The Illegal for Conquering Lion Pictures Hill is a professor of creative writing at the University of Guelph, in Ontario.

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  • Hardcover
  • 224 pages
  • Black Berry, Sweet Juice: On Being Black and White in Canada
  • Lawrence Hill
  • English
  • 25 December 2018
  • 0002000202

10 thoughts on “ Black Berry, Sweet Juice: On Being Black and White in Canada

  1. Kathleen says:

    My father s relatives sometimes said, The blacker the berry, the sweeter the juice But my father bombed the pious saying to smithereens with his own sarcastic version The blacker the berry, the sweeter the juice but if you get too black, it ain t no use He turned self affirmation on its head with this bittersweet reminder of the hopelessness of being black in a society that doesn t love or even like black people Lawrence Hill begins this book with personal stories about how his black My father s relatives sometimes said, The blacker the berry, the sweeter the juice But my father bombed the pious saying to smithereens with his own sarcastic version The blacker the berry, the sweeter the juice but if you get too black, it ain t no use He turned self affirmation on its head with this bittersweet reminder of the hopelessness of being black in a society that doesn ...

  2. Yasmin says:

    Another excellent book by Lawrence Hill He has a wonderful way of being fuuny, poigant and moving In this book raises very interesting insight into what it means to be black and biracial in Canada Another look at the over polite one way of looking at it hunky dory Canada, where the ravages of slavery lingered and the Klan rode around not just in the prairies and segregation and discrimation was very much alive and real in Canada In fact racial discrimation has not gone away with the Another excellent book by Lawrence Hill He has a wonderful way of bei...

  3. Sharanja says:

    Race is never a really straightforward issue, especially if you ve grown up in Canada It sometimes seems like this country does everything it can to not talk about race How many times have you heard the words I don t see color from the people around you That s niceif race doesn t matter to you But it does matter And it matters to a lot of people Especially when how well we are treated in society is in direct correlation with the melanin in our skin But this is where it gets really Race is never a really straightforward issue, especially if you ve grown up in Canada It sometimes seems like this country does everything it can to not talk about race How many times have you heard the words I don t see color from the people around you That s niceif race doesn t matter to you But it doe...

  4. Mj says:

    Part memoir, part essays and loosely integrated Hill writes chapters on various topics related to what it means to be biracial He interviews 34 biracial people, both male and female, children of black and white parents a mixture of black male and white female and visa versa in addition, to nine other people seven black and two white whose experiences and insights Hill was interested in learningabout Most were adults from across Canada ranging in age from eighteen to sixty one He Part memoir, part essays and loosely integrated Hill writes chapters on various topics related to what it means to be biracial He interviews 34 biracial people, both male and female, children of black and white parents a mixture of black male and white female and visa versa in addition, to nine other people seven black and two white whose experiences and insights Hill was interested in learningabout Most were adults from ac...

  5. Kezza Loudoun says:

    For all those who want to understand what s it s been like for aperson like me of mixed race, READ THIS You ll have a much better grasp of the subtle racism and bull shit biracial folks deal with on a day to day basis And he s Canadian.

  6. Jenna (Falling Letters) says:

    Review originally published 24 January 2017 at Falling Letters.Mom and I had tried reading two novels about Ireland for this month s Family Reads Unfortunately, we found both novels to be incredibly dull I asked Mom if there were any books by authors she liked that she hadn t yet read That s how we ended up on Lawrence Hill s page Mom has read and enjoyedThe Book of Negroes, The Illegal andBloodI knew virtually nothing about growing up biracial in Canada Thus, we chose Black Review originally published 24 January 2017 at Falling Letters.Mom and I had tried reading two novels about Ireland for this month s Family Reads Unfortunately, we found both novels to be incredibly dull I asked Mom if there were any books by authors she liked that she hadn t yet read That s how we ended up on Lawrence Hill s page Mom has read and enjoyedThe Book of Negroes, The Illegal andBloodI knew virtually nothing about growing up biracial in Canada Thus, we chose Black Berry, Sweet Juice for our January Family Read.Hill explores how one s personal identity can differ from the external identity thrust upon them by those looking at them from the outside Hill writes about how people are judged by their skin colour as to what their identity is But that, of course, is a dangerous and often wrong assumption to make A person s internal understanding of ...

  7. Bree B. says:

    I am attempting to do the best I can for my daughter, this book is a piece of that It allowed me to become aware of even my own unintentional, or well intentioned biases and gave me a number of other perspectives to consider I would highly recommend this to the parents and family members of bira...

  8. Alexis says:

    Second time reading this Got so many different things out of it this time.

  9. Rainey says:

    Loved this book Totally related to a lot of things.

  10. Colleen says:

    All white Canadians should read this book In fact all white people should read this book.

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