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Read "The Book of Negroes" by Laurence Hill

  • Pub Italia

    434 1/2 Preston St. , Ottawa, ON (map)

    45.399532 -75.709023

  • Abducted as a child from her village in West Africa and forced to walk for months to the sea, Aminata Diallo is sent to live as a slave in South Carolina. But years later, she forges her way to freedom, serving the British in the Revolutionary War, registering her name in the historic “Book of Negroes” and eventually travelling back to Africa.

    A sweeping story that transports the reader from a tribal African village to a plantation in the southern United States, from the teeming Halifax docks to the manor houses of London, The Book of Negroes introduces one of the strongest female characters in Canadian fiction, one who cuts a swath through a world hostile to her colour and her sex. Published around the world, the novel won numerous prizes including the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and CBC Radio’s Canada Reads.


    **Sheila will be taking lead on this one. Yay!!**



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  • Frank S.

    I am wait listed... I just may crash the meeting and take my chances :)

    2 · November 25

    • Thea

      There are bound to be some changes in the RSVP list over the next couple of months. :)

      November 25

  • Sheila

    Chapters.ca has announced free shipping on most items(excludes very heavy items) Oct. 17-20.

    1 · October 17

    • Thea

      At 500+ pages one has to wonder if this would be classified as a "very heavy item". ;)

      October 17

  • Sheila

    The CBC made a very good miniseries of the book. Here's the CBC link to watch the full episodes. http://watch.cbc.ca/the-book-of-negroes/all/c01764ec-4615-4273-bdeb-7a936d1e89cb The DVD is also available at the library. Enjoy.

    October 12

  • Sheila

    For a taste of the book here's the link to the Look Inside the Book feature at Amazon.ca. https://www.amazon.ca/Book-Negroes-Novel-Lawrence-Hill/dp/1443408980#reader_[masked]

    There are many hard copy and EBook copies available at the library, but will probably require a hold. To buy, the Ebook is $11.99. The mass market paperback is $9.93 at chapters.ca. With a $25 order shipping is free. But if you ship to a Chapters store, shipping is always free but takes a little longer.

    October 12

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