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Hamil­ton au­thor Lawrence Hill has been awarded the $50,000 Mol­son Prize for his out­stand­ing achieve­ments in the arts.

“It is the great­est hon­our to be rec­og­nized by my own peers, in my own coun­try, for the body of my work as an artist,” Hill said in a state­ment re­leased by the Canada Coun­cil for the Arts.

Hill, best known for his prizewin­ning novel and tele­vi­sion se­ries “The Book of Ne­groes,” was rec­og­nized as “an in­spi­ra­tion to oth­ers es­pe­cially next gen­er­a­tion au­thors and artists.”

Hill, a pro­fes­sor of creative writ­ing at the Uni­ver­sity of Guelph, is au­thor of 10 books, his most re­cent “The Il­le­gal.” He has won The Com­mon­wealth Writ­ers’ Prize, the Rogers Writ­ers’ Trust Fic­tion Prize and is a two-time win­ner of CBC Radio’s Canada Reads com­pe­ti­tion.

The Mol­son Prize is awarded each year to two dis­tin­guished Cana­di­ans, one in the arts and the other in so­cial sciences and hu­man­i­ties.

This year’s win­ner in the so­cial sci­ence cat­e­gory is Uni­ver­sity of Toronto law pro­fes­sor Ken Roach, au­thor of 13 books on the con­sti­tu­tion, law and na­tional se­cu­rity.

“In a small coun­try such as Canada, aca­demics can­not af­ford to stay on the side­lines of the pol­icy de­bates of the day,” Roach said.

Lawrence Hill

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