A Beginner's Guide to "The Book Of Negroes"

Get Up to Speed on this Classic and Award-Winning Novel, Now a Mini-Series on CBC

A Beginner's Guide to "The Book Of Negroes"


Have you read the award winning novel "The Book Of Negroes" by Lawrence Hill?

If your answer is "no," then I highly recommend you add this compelling novel to your to-read pile and watch the miniseries based on the book! The novel "The Book Of Negroes" portrays Aminata Diallo's poignant perspective from African history and shares her harrowing journey of being taken as a child into slavery. It follows her through hardship on an undying quest for freedom and now Lawrence Hill's "The Book Of Negroes" has finally been adapted into a six-part miniseries

The first episode aired on January 7th on CBC TV and will continue airing on Wednesday nights at 9:00 PM ET. Did you miss watching it? No worries! You can view episode 1 online on CBC.ca. And it's worth watching. The set and exteriors are sweeping and beautiful and there's a stellar cast, including Oscar winners Louis Gossett Jr., Cuba Gooding Jr., Aunjanue Ellis (The Help), Lyriq Bent (Rookie Blue), Jane Alexander (The Cider House Rules), Ben Chaplin (Dorian Gray), and Allan Hawco (Republic of Doyle).

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Watch the miniseries trailer below to get a sneak peak of the story that will unfold:

I’m a big Lawrence Hill fan and plan to follow this epic miniseries in the coming weeks. If you managed to take in the first episode how did you find it compares to the novel so far? Do you feel it measures up or did it disappoint? Do you think "The Book Of Negroes" will become a novel turned miniseries classic like Alex Haley's "Roots" saga from the 1970's? I certainly hope it plays out this way!

Want to learn more about the novel "The Book Of Negroes" or just refresh your memory? Check out the synopsis for "The Book Of Negroes" on CBC.ca.

Need to know how the mini-series came to life? You can find out more behind the scenes details in Lawrence Hill’s interview.

Ever wonder what it would be like to portray a pivotal character in a classic novel? Find out how The Book Of Negroes mini-series lead actress Aunjanue Ellis feels about period dramas.

Share your thoughts in the comments below and chime in on Twitter using the hashtag #TheBookOfNegroes. Happy reading and viewing!

Relish reading,

Wanda Lynne Young 


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