Bookclub-in-a-Box Discusses The Book of Negroes / Someone Knows My Name, by Lawrence Hill by Marilyn Herbert
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The history and terror of black slavery has been well documented in literature and film. Lawrence Hill’s new book doesn’t lessen the awfulness of the times, but adds a unique human dimension. Hill has created an uplifting and highly educational story about a shameful part of history. The Book of Negroes is sold in the United States under the title, Someone Knows My Name. Aminata Diallo was born free in Africa in the eighteenth century. She had a rich and lovely childhood until the day she was captured by slave traders and marched off to the coast in chains. Along with thousands of others, Aminata was destined for North America as a slave to white owners. She was eleven years old. Hill tracks Aminata’s story through the circle of her life. We travel with her to South Carolina, New York, Nova Scotia, London (England), and even to Freetown in Sierra Leone. Each step of the way, we learn about the horrors and immorality of slavery. As we look at and listen to these diminished people, we observe how they courageously work at overcoming the psychological hardships and limitations imposed by their imprisonment. Every Bookclub-in-a-Box discussion guide includes complete coverage of the themes and symbols, writing style and interesting background information on the novel and the author.

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Marilyn Herbert, the creator of Bookclub-in-a-Box, located in Toronto, Canada, is an international speaker and writer. As a former teacher and school librarian, she adapts her education skills to the effective and thought-provoking consideration of literary fiction and film. Bookclub-in-a-Box has over fifty published guides for contemporary novels. The company was established in 2002 and has an international customer base and subscriber list. Our discussion guides offer an interactive, yet educational, platform for interpreting and enjoying modern fiction. They are ideal for use by book club members, teachers, students and all readers. Samantha Bailey, a published author, has more than 15 years of experience writing, editing, and teaching English. She has a Masters in Education, and runs her own freelance writing and editing business called Perfect Pen Communications. Graeme Bayliss is a young writer and avid reader, with an honors bachelor’s degree in English literature from the University of Toronto. In addition to his work at Bookclub-in-a-Box, Graeme is a contributor of fictional and non-fictional prose to several university publications. Laura is the Associate Director of Bookclub-in-a-Box, in charge of research, editing, and marketing — she is the voice behind the Bookclub-in-a-Box blog , Facebook , and Twitter accounts. She has an Honours BA in English & Professional Writing from York University and a diploma in Journalism from Centennial College. She is also a freelance writer for Quill & Quire magazine and a copy editor for Torontoist.
Published August 23, 2011 by Bookclub-in-a-Box. 88 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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