LAWRENCE HILL WINS MOLSON PRIZE
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.