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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- Black Berry, Sweet Juice: On Being Black and White in Canada
- Lawrence Hill
- 25 December 2018 Lawrence Hill