Barrie Public Library - Enriching our Community

Search the catalogue for books, movies, articles, events & more.

 

TV adaptation of The Book of Negroes Announced

Mar
06
2014

TV adaptation of The Book of Negroes Announced

You can look forward to a TV adaptation of the novel The Book of Negroes by Hamilton, Ontario author Lawrence Hill. Principal photography is underway in South Africa and continues in Nova Scotia this spring; so no release date is set. The miniseries will feature an impressive cast which will include Louis Gossett Jr., Cuba Gooding Jr., Aunjanue Ellis Republic of Doyle star and creator Allan Hawco, Lyriq Bent, Ben Chaplin and Jane Alexander.

The book follows the story of Aminata Diallo, who is kidnapped by slavers in West Africa and brought to South Carolina. From there, she makes her way to New York during the American Revolution, Nova Scotia, the jungles of Sierra Leone, and ultimately, England. Read a further description of the book in the library catalogue.

The series will be broadcast on CBC in Canada. The mini-series is an official Canadian-South African co-production. The Book of Negroes was a CBC Canada Reads book in 2009, winner of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, and the Writers' Trust Fiction Prize

If you haven't yet read it, you can borrow The Book of Negroes from the library. Read more about this announcement in this CBC news article.