Saturday, September 15, 2012
Lawrence Hill, author of The Book of Negroes, will be our writer-in-residence in mid-September. He will give a public reading on the Saturday evening during his stay at Wintergreen, just as the leaves are beginning to turn on the maples surrounding the meadow. Guests will enjoy a gourmet dinner, followed by the reading. This will be an intimate event, as we have limited space. Reserve tickets early (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Lawrence Hill is the son of American immigrants — a black father and a white mother — who came to Canada the day after they married in 1953 in Washington, D.C. On his father’s side, Hill’s grandfather and great grandfather were university-educated, ordained ministers of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. His mother came from a Republican family in Oak Park, Illinois, graduated from Oberlin College and went on to become a civil rights activist in D.C. The story of how they met, married, left the United States and raised a family in Toronto is described in Hill’s bestselling memoir Black Berry, Sweet Juice: On Being Black and White in Canada (HarperCollins Canada, 2001). Growing up in the predominantly white suburb of Don Mills, Ontario in the sixties, Hill was greatly influenced by his parents’ work in the human rights movement. Much of Hill’s writing touches on issues of identity and belonging.
Dinner and Reading: $40 (HST included)
To reserve a spot, please contact Karen Smereka, Operations Manager, by email (email@example.com) or by phone (613 • 273 • 8745; payment by cash or cheque upon arrival at Wintergreen).
Dinner, Reading, Overnight Accommodation and Breakfast: $120 (HST extra)