Dear Sir, I Intend to Burn Your Book by Lawrence Hill
An Anatomy of a Book Burning (Henry Kriesel Lecture Series)

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...his eloquent and inviting account of the unexpected infamy and controversy he courted with his most acclaimed novel...
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Censorship and book burning are still present in our lives. Lawrence Hill shares his experiences of how ignorance and the fear of ideas led a group in the Netherlands to burn the cover of his widely successful novel, The Book of Negroes, in 2011. Why do books continue to ignite such strong reactions in people in the age of the Internet? Is banning, censoring, or controlling book distribution ever justified? Hill illustrates his ideas with anecdotes and lists names of Canadian writers who faced censorship challenges in the twenty-first century, inviting conversation between those on opposite sides of these contentious issues. All who are interested in literature, freedom of expression, and human rights will enjoy reading Hill’s provocative essay.
 

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Lawrence Hill is a Canadian novelist and memoirist. His best-known work, The Book of Negroes, won multiple awards, including the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize and the Commonwealth Writers' Prize. He lives in Hamilton, Ontario.
 
Published March 20, 2013 by University of Alberta Press. 64 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Randy Boyagoda on Apr 19 2013

Those who engage this work...will find much to like, not least Hill’s generous capacity for integrating autobiography...with historical commentary on book-burning and censorship campaigns, and also on the institution of slavery...

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Reviewed by Randy Boyagoda on Apr 19 2013

...his eloquent and inviting account of the unexpected infamy and controversy he courted with his most acclaimed novel...

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