That’s Dr. Hill to you, bucko

June 10, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

He’s already authored one of this country’s certified mega-bestsellers, won the Commonwealth Writers Prize, been crowned Canada Reads champ, and secured a movie deal with filmmaker Clement Virgo. Now the author of the 2007 novel The Book of Negroes can add a doctorate to his list of accomplishments.

Lawrence Hill, who holds a B.A. in economics from Laval University and an M.A. in writing from Johns Hopkins, is being awarded an honourary doctorate from yet another august institution of post-secondary learning. According to a press release sent out this morning, the University of Toronto will confer an honourary doctorate on Hill at a convocation ceremony to be held on June 15. The honourary doctor of letters degree is to be awarded “in recognition of his contributions to Canadian literature, in particular through his exploration of race relations and humanitarian concerns.”

The convocation ceremony takes place at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 15 at Convocation Hall on the U of T campus.