Award winning author, Lawrence Hill and his book ‘The Illegal’, highlighted this year at SDG libraries

Seen in above photo: SDG Reads Launch highlighted author and book of 2017 (left-right): Nolan Quinn (Library Board member), Susan Wallwork (Communications & Marketing Librarian), Colin Munro (Library Board member), Evonne Delegarde (Library Board Chair), Frank Prevost (Library Board member), Bill McGimpsey (Library Board member) and Karen Franklin (Director of Library Services). Courtesy photo

SDG — SDG Reads, the SD&G County Library’s community book club, is returning for its third year with another well-known Canadian author. This year, the program will be highlighting Award winning author, Lawrence Hill and his novel The Illegal.

The announcement of the author selection for 2017 was made prior to the regular Library Board meeting last Thursday, June 8th at the Winchester Branch. Library Board Chair, Evonne Delegarde and Library Board Vice-Chair, Nolan Quinn revealed the title by unwrapping two large models of the book.

Seen in above photo: Nolan Quinn (Library Board member) and Evonne Delegarde (Library Board Chair). Courtesy photo

“We are very excited about our author selection for 2017”, said Susan Wallwork, Communications & Marketing Librarian. “Our SDG Reads program has been very popular over the last two years, and we think having a renowned author such as Lawrence Hill participate in our program will see it continue to grow.”

The SDG Reads program encourages participants throughout SDG to all read the same book from now until October. During this time, the Library offers activities and programs at its branches to engage readers and highlight themes found in the novel.

The program wraps up in October with a final event featuring a visit from the author. Lawrence Hill will be visiting SDG on Thursday, October 12 at 6:00 p.m. The event will be held at North Stormont Place in Avonmore. The event will be free, but seating will be limited – tickets will be available early September.

For more information on SDG Reads, including activities related to the program, please visit www.sdglibrary.ca/sdg-reads or contact your local branch.

About Lawrence Hill
Lawrence Hill is a professor of creative writing at the University of Guelph and the author of ten books, including The Illegal, The Book of Negroes, and Any Known Blood. He is the winner of numerous awards, including The Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and a two-time winner of CBC Radio’s Canada Reads. His novel, The Book of Negroes was made into a six-part television miniseries, which he co-wrote the adaptation for. He is the grandson and son of African-American soldiers who served with the American Army during WWI and WWII, respectively, and is working on a new novel about the African-American soldiers who helped build the Alaska Highway in 1942-43. He is a Member of the Order of Canada, and lives with his family in Hamilton, ON and in Woody Point, NL.


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