Famous Burlingtonians

Lawrence Hill - Author

Hill was born in Newmarket, lived in Burlington from 2004-2008 and now lives in Hamilton and Newfoundland. Lawrence Hill is a novelist best known for his 2013 Massey Lectures Blood: The Stuff of Life, his 2007 novel The Book of Negroes and his 2001 memoir Black Berry, Sweet Juice: On Being Black and White in Canada. His newest novel, The Illegal, was published in 2015 and has been optioned for film by Conquering Lion Pictures, the producers of the Book of Negroes miniseries. The Illegal won the 2016 edition of Canada Reads, making Hill the first writer ever to win the competition twice.  He was named a Member of the Order of Canada in 2015 and also was honoured with a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame.