Nimbus Publishing (Halifax) has just released Atlantic Canada’s 100 Greatest Books. The Book of Negroes (which some might debate whether or not it is an Atlantic Canadian work, has made #29.
The top-10 titles are:
1. No Great Mischief by Alistair MacLeod
2. Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery
3. The Colony of Unrequited Dreams by Wayne Johnston
4. The Mountain and the Valley by Ernest Buckler
5. Fall on Your Knees by Ann-Marie MacDonald
6. Barometer Rising by Hugh MacLennan
7. Random Passage by Bernice Morgan
8. The Lost Salt Gift of Blood by Alistair MacLeod
9. Mercy Among the Children by David Adams Richards
10. Rockbound by Frank Parker Day
The list was based on the opinions and votes of authors, critics, librarians, professors, booksellers, and readers (Check out the Quill & Quire article).
What do you think about this list? Do you agree it?
The Book of Negroes is a part of HarperCollins exciting new interactive campaign in Toronto.
Check out this Quill & Quire article for pictures and more information!
What do you think of this interactive campaign?
Would you plug in?
This article, found in The Record (a Waterloo, Ontario newspaper), details Lawrence Hill’s interactions with students at a Waterloo area school.
If you would like to read more about Lawrence Hill’s writing secrets, click here.
What are your secrets to writing? What motivates you?
A display is available for your viewing pleasure in the lobby of the Killam Library.
Please check out the geographical journey of Aminata Diallo told through quotes and detailed on a map as well as wonderful collection of library resources related to the book.
On September 8, the first round of discussion about Lawrence Hill’s, “The Book of Negroes” took place!
It was a wonderful experience for those who joined to share their experiences with the text. I personally had the privilege of attending a session in the University Club Pub with Wanda Thomas Bernard, from Social Work and Barb Hamilton-Hinch, from Health and Human Performance. Those who attended this session were able to discuss what really stood out for them from them book, what they personally will take away, and what should we all take away from this book.
I think that the last point is intriguing and can be pondered by all who have read this book.
What lessons / thoughts do we take away from this book that we think the greater community could learn from this book?
There are many different ways that individuals who read “The Book of Negroes” understand the book. Readers of the book discussed what they learned about history, social contexts, and themselves by reading this book.
What have you taken away from reading this book?
Please feel free to share your thoughts!
Are you interested in learning more about the Nova Scotian history during the period of the “Book of Negroes”?
University of King’s College professor, Stephen Kimber has written a book entitled “Loyalists and Layabouts: The Rapid Rise and Fall of Shelburne, Nova Scotia.”
About this book:
For more information about Mr. Kimber and this book, please check out his website here.
“What a splendid tale of our Loyalist and our layabout ancestors, summed up
in the tragicomic settlement of Shelburne… Kimber’s eye for diverse and
fascinating characters is an overdue reminder of the price white
Loyalists paid for the choice to remain impoverished but faithful
subjects of George III. Black slaves paid an even higher price, gaining
freedom at the cost of justice, equality or respect. No one who reads
this book can ever again be comfortable with ancestral stereotypes.”
— Desmond Morton
Hiram Mills Professor of History (Emeritus)
(and descendant of Captain Nathaniel Frink who arrived at Saint John from
New York in 1784 as aide de camp to Major-General Benedict Arnold)
Interested in knowing more about the discussion leaders?
Check out the newly added section that lets you know more about their specific research area interests!
With just a little less than a week to go, the Dal Reads! Discussion sessions are fast approaching!
It’s not too late to pick up a copy of the book or download the audio version. If you need more information about Dal Reads! please see our FAQ section.
As well, if you haven’t signed up for one of the discussion session there is still time! All are invited to join in, please see the RSVP form here.
Hope to see you out next Wednesday!