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Griffin House National Historic Site presents an evening with Lawrence Hill

Hamilton, ON – Griffin House National Historic Site invites the public to attend a fascinating lecture by internationally renowned author Lawrence Hill as he speaks about “Faction: Merging History and Fiction in The Book of Negroes and The Illegal” at the Ancaster Old Town Hall, 310 Wilson St. E. on Wednesday, October 9 from 7 to 9 pm. A book-signing and refreshments are included in the per person cost of $25 - pre-registration is required.

Hill is the author of ten books, including The Illegal and The Book of Negroes, and winner of various awards including the Governor General’s History Award, Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, and CBC Radio’s Canada Reads. He holds honorary doctorates from six Canadian universities, is a Member of the Order of Canada and is an inductee of Canada’s Walk of Fame.

“But I have long loved the written word. And come to see in it the power of the sleeping lion. This is my name. This is who I am. This is how I got here. In the absence of an audience I will write down my story so that it waits like a restful beast with lungs and heart beating.” -  Lawrence Hill

Quick facts

  • Griffin House, a National Historic Site of Canada, is owned and operated by the City of Hamilton.
  • The House is a well-preserved early 19th century farm cabin that displays the solid, simple architecture once so common in Upper Canada.
  • The Site is a testament to the determination of Enerals Griffin, an African-American born in Virginia in 1790, who journeyed to Southern Ontario and established his family farm in the Dundas Valley.
  • For more than 150 years, their descendants lived and worked on the farm and were members of the Ancaster community.

Additional resources

For information and tickets:, [email protected], 905-648-8144
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