Dalhousie Reads 2009: Lawrence Hill’s “Book of Negroes”
What is Dal Reads?
Dal Reads is a campus community reading initiative. We’re encouraging new students coming to Dalhousie in September 2009 to read the novel The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill during the summer. This project is an initiative of the Vice-President, Student Services (Bonnie Neuman) and the Executive Director of Student Academic Success Services (Pat De Meo).
What book are we reading?
This year we are reading The Book of Negroes is written by Lawrence Hill (in the USA, Australia and New Zealand, this book is published under the title Someone Knows My Name). The book received the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize in 2007, the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize in 2008, and was the winner of the 2009 Canada Reads competition.
The novel traces the history of a young West African girl who is sold into slavery, taken to the U.S. Eastern seaboard, wins her freedom and comes to Nova Scotia, eventually returning to the continent where she was born. It is a highly engaging novel that highlights the resiliency of the human spirit as well as a part of Nova Scotia’s history.
When do I get to discuss the book?
Well, you can begin by engaging in the discussions that will be promoted through this blog. Your thoughts and opinions are encouraged! The discussion doesn’t stop here though.
As part of orientation week, small group discussions about the novel will be held on Wednesday, September 9th, from 2:00pm-3:00pm, led by professors from a wide range of departments. Discussions promise to be thought provoking and highly interactive. Space is limited so be sure to reserve your spot! You can RSVP here.
Where can I get the book?
The novel should be widely available in libraries and in bookstores. To find a copy in a library near you click here. If you would like to purchase a copy for yourself, check you local bookstore. Amazon and Chapters also carry this book.