Please join us for the seventh annual Literary Feast, our annual fundraising dinner.
The evening will start with a cocktail at 5:30 p.m. in one of Canada’s most beautiful libraries, followed by dinner in the historic College Hall at 6:30 p.m. catered by Panache.
The evening’s speakers
Lawrence Hill is the son of American immigrants — a black father and a white mother — who came to Canada the day after they married in 1953 in Washington, D.C. On his father’s side, Hill’s grandfather and great grandfather were university-educated, ordained ministers of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. His mother came from a Republican family in Oak Park, Illinois, graduated from Oberlin College and went on to become a civil rights activist in D.C. Growing up in the predominantly white suburb of Don Mills, Ontario in the sixties, Hill was greatly influenced by his parents’ work in the human rights movement. Much of Hill’s writing touches on issues of identity and belonging.
Hill is the author of ten books of fiction and non-fiction. In 2005, he won his first honour for his work, a National Magazine Award for the article “Is Africa’s Pain Black America’s Burden?” published inThe Walrus. But it was his third novel, The Book of Negroes (HarperCollins Canada, 2007) — published in some countries as Someone Knows My Name and in French as Aminata — that brought his writing to broad public attention. The novel won several awards, including The Rogers/Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, both CBC Radio’s Canada Reads and Radio Canada’s Le Combat des livres, and The Commonwealth Prize for Best Book, which came with a private audience with Queen Elizabeth II. The Book of Negroes television miniseries, which Lawrence Hill co-wrote with director Clement Virgo, was filmed in South Africa and Canada and aired on CBC in Canada and on BET in the United States in early 2015.
His fourth novel, The Illegal, will be published by HarperCollins Canada in September, 2015 and byWW Norton in the USA in January 2016.
Formerly a reporter with The Globe and Mail and parliamentary correspondent for The Winnipeg Free Press, Hill also speaks French and Spanish. He has lived and worked across Canada, in Baltimore, and in Spain and France. Hill is also a member of the Council of Patrons of the Black Loyalist Heritage Society, and of the Advisory Council of Book Clubs for Inmates and is an honorary patron of Project Bookmark Canada. He has a B.A. in economics from Laval University in Quebec City and an M.A. in writing from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. He has received five honorary doctorates from Canadian universities, and in 2015 was appointed to the Order of Canada. Hill lives in Hamilton, Ontario and in Woody Point, Newfoundland with his family.
Professor Emeritus Edwin Bourget deserved the 2012 Gérard Parizeau Award. The award recognized the exceptional contribution of a person in charge of public services and, in particular, of university administration.
Honorary President: Edwin Bourget, Professor Emeritus, Université Laval
Edwin Bourget is a retired professor with the Department of Biology and a Professor Emeritus at Université Laval. He is known worldwide for his marine ecology research, and for his key role in public administration and in encouraging innovative start-ups in Quebec.
Professor Bourget holds a PhD from the University of Wales with an interdisciplinary background in biology, ecology and ecophysiology. Interestingly enough, he was the first marine ecology researcher to apply advanced techniques from other disciplines: civil engineering, geometry, hydrology, electrical engineering, genetics and mathematics. A world-renowned researcher, he has also received the Michel Jurdant Environmental Award from the Association francophone pour le savoir (ACFAS).
Recently re-appointed vice president of Research Innovation at Université Laval in 2015, he held many positions in university administration and forged countless research partnerships in Quebec. In his role as an administrator, he always showed leadership that mobilized others and helped advance the institution and Quebec’s economic development, by strengthening the bonds between the university and society. He has many achievements to his credit as vice president of research and innovation at Université de Sherbrooke from 2001 to 2007 and at Université Laval from 2007 to 2010.
In addition to his university career, he has always been highly committed to a large number of organizations, many of them devoted to encouraging entrepreneurship. He is a mentor to innovative start-ups in the Quebec City region and sits on the boards of directors of business incubators or liaison and knowledge transfer companies. He presided the board of the Parc technologique du Québec métropolitain from 2008 to 2014, as well as serving as an ambassador for the Boîte à science, an organization founded to interest young people in science and technology.
Emcee: Susan Campbell, CBC Radio
After a year in the corporate world she came to Quebec City to fulfill a promise she’d made to her Grade 6 French teacher to one day become proficient in her second language. During her studies at Université Laval she was hired as an associate producer at CBC Radio in Quebec City, and she’s been there ever since,
She’s currently host of the CBC’s regional morning show for the province, Quebec AM.
Proceeds from the evening will enable us to continue offering a variety of stimulating and innovative English-language cultural programs at a reasonable cost.