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Topic: Book of Negroes/Someone Knows My Name by Lawrence Hill

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Subject: Book of Negroes/Someone Knows My Name by Lawrence Hill
Date Posted: 1/22/2015 6:39 PM ET
Member Since: 1/12/2008
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I read this novel this summer and was very taken with it; it's been made into a miniseries (3 successive nights, so nothing as drawn out as Outlander or as silly with a hiatus in the middle) by BET. I I have been stalking its premiere info, and finally, the air date has been released:  Mon-Weds, February 16-18.

Here is the trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iy5IMc_oRu8

and its FB page:

https://www.facebook.com/TheBookofNegroes

There is a lot of other info about it on BET's page for it as well. The cast is exceptional, and I am really hoping they did a good job staying with the book.  I thought the novel was a stand-out example of great HF, the kind you can't put down and where you forget it's fiction, but the history is accurate and the details perfect.

Date Posted: 1/23/2015 2:11 AM ET
Member Since: 7/22/2009
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Thanks for posting this. I read the book a while ago and thought it very good. Didn't know about the miniseries -- will put it on my calendar.

Date Posted: 1/25/2015 2:09 PM ET
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Plus one to Deb's comments! Thanks so much for bringing this to our attention, Colleen. I have not read this book, yet, but I think it's time to move it to the top of the list. Unfortunately, I don't think our cable plan includes the BET station. I'll have to confirm and then watch for it to be released to NetFlix or AMZ.

On a related note, Sons of Liberty is a 3-part History Channel mini-series that begins tonight. As is typical of the History Channel, there will be several other opportunities to watch this.

Kelly

 

Date Posted: 1/26/2015 9:28 AM ET
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@Kelly--oooooohhhhh, thanks for the heads up on Sons of Liberty, we DVR'd it! It looks good!