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Christ Church Cathedral414 Sparks St.

The Illegalwith Lawrence Hill

Hosted by CBC’s Joanne Chianello

The Illegalwith Lawrence Hill

Hosted by CBC’s Joanne Chianello
Christ Church Cathedral
414 Sparks St.
Lawrence Hill

Join Lawrence Hill, the acclaimed author and winner of the Governor General’s History Award, for a conversation with the CBC’s Joanne Chianello on the power of fiction to expand our understanding of our place in the world and the empathy to reach across borders and into other lives.

The Illegal casts a satirical eye on people who have turned their backs on undocumented refugees struggling to survive in a nation that does not want them. Lawrence Hill’s depiction of life on the borderlands of society urges us to consider the plight of the unseen and the forgotten who live among us.

Defended by Olympic gold medallist and philanthropist Clara Hughes, The Illegal won Canada Reads, and is being adapted into an eight-part television miniseries.

Books available for purchase at every event: Proceeds support our free children’s literacy programs.

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