Lawrence Hill is the author of seven acclaimed books. Much of his writing touches on issues of identity and belonging. His sixth work, the novel The Book of Negroes, became a national bestseller in Canada shortly after it was published in 2007 by HarperCollins. In 2008, The Book of Negroes won The Writer's Trust Prize for Fiction, the Commonwealth Writer's Prize for Best Book, and Canada Reads. His seventh book, the non-fiction work The Deserter's Tale: the Story of an Ordinary Soldier Who Walked Away from the War in Iraq (written with Joshua Key) also appeared in 2007 in Canada, the USA and Australia and is being translated and published in eight other countries.
"The Book of Negroes is a masterpiece, daring and impressive in its geographic, historical and human reach, convincing in its narrative art and detail, necessary for imagining the real beyond the traces left by history."
— The Globe and Mail