- For the suburb of Bracknell in the UK, see Lawrence Hill, Bracknell Forest, for the inner city area of Bristol, UK see Lawrence Hill, Bristol.
is an award-winning Canadian novelist and memoirist. He is best known for the 2001 memoir Black Berry, Sweet Juice: On Being Black and White in Canada
and the 2007 novel The Book of Negroes
Hill, the son of social scientist and public servant Daniel G. Hill and social activist Donna Hill and the brother of singer-songwriter Dan Hill, grew up in the Don Mills neighbourhood of Toronto. He currently lives in Hamilton, Ontario with his wife and five children.
In 2007, Hill collaborated with former US-Army soldier (now deserter) Joshua Key to write Key's account of the Iraq War. His book The Deserter's Tale, the story of an ordinary soldier who walked away from the war in Iraq
is the result of their interviews and meetings.
Lawrence Hill has a deep interest in the advancement of women and girls in Africa. He is an honorary patron with Canadian Crossroads International and he volunteered overseas with Crossroads three times -- to Niger, Mali and Cameroon in the 1970s and 80s. This experience has had a profound impact on Hill as a person and as a writer. His first published work of fiction, a short story My Side of the Fence
, recounted his experiences with Crossroads in Niger.