UReads: "Someone Knows My Name" by Lawrence Hill

UReads: "Someone Knows My Name" by Lawrence Hill

April 1, 2014

Join the University of Rochester community as we read and discuss the same book: Someone Knows My Name by Lawrence Hill. 

The Book: Someone Knows My Name 

The novels tells the story of a young woman who forges her way to freedom after being abducted from her village in West Africa and sent to live as a slave in South Carolina. The book won the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book, and both CBC Canada Reads and Radio Canada’s Combat des livres. A television miniseries based on the book is currently in production. For more information about the novel, click here.

*Copies of the book are available at the University of Rochester River Campus Bookstore and at the Rush Rhees Library Circulation Desk.

The Author: Lawrence Hill 

The son of American immigrants who moved to Canada in 1953, Mr. Hill was greatly influenced by his parents’ work in the human rights movement. Much of his writing reflects on issues of identity and belonging. He is the author of nine books. Mr. Hill has a B.A. in economics from Laval University in Quebec City and an M.A. in writing from John Hopkins University. He lives in Ontario and Newfoundland. For more information about the author, click here

Attend the Open House in the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections

The Department of Rare Books, Special Collections, & Preservation in Rush Rhees Library will host an open house on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. The event will consist of a brief Archives 101 (what is Rare Books, what kinds of collections it has, etc); “Being a 19th Century Detective,” which will include a reading of a letter written by former slave Harriet Jacobs that will underscore the book's themes; and an explanation of the items that were selected for the exhibit. There will also be time for questions. The open house is free and open to the public. Reserved parking is available in the Library Lot. This event will also be live streamed here.

Undergraduates: Discuss the Book with Your Peers

Undergraduates: Join fellow students for a special meeting of the Rush Rhees Reads Undergraduate Book Group on Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. in the Gamble Room. Reading the entire novel is not required for the discussion; the conversation will focus on the book's themes and issues. Refreshments will be provided.

Join the Online Discussion

Librarians at the River Campus Libraries will host an online book discussion on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 from noon until 1:00 p.m. Log onto the GoToWebinar to discuss the novel with University of Rochester friends and alumni from across the nation. The discussion will be fueled by the questions listed at the back of the book, but participants are also invited to share their own related questions and topics. To register for the webinar, please click here.

Meet the Author

Lawrence Hill will present "Faction: The Merging of History and Fiction in Someone Knows My Name" on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 from 7:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. in the Hawkins-Carlson Room of Rush Rhees Library. Mr. Hill's lecture is part of the 2013-2014 Neilly Series. The series is sponsored by the Andrew H. and Janet Dayton Neilly Endowment and the River Campus Libraries at the University of Rochester. The Neilly Series is free and open to the public. Reserved parking is available in the Library Lot. This event will also be live streamed here.

For more information about any of the UReads events, please contact Megan Mack at 585-273-1340 or mmack@library.rochester.edu.





Rare Books & Special Collections

Open House


Rush Rhees Reads Discussion 



Online Book Discussion


Lawrence Hill's Lecture


       Date & Time


     April 2; 5:00 p.m.          

     Live stream


     April 3; 5:00 p.m.



     April 8; Noon


     April 9; 7:00 p.m.

     Live stream





     Rare Books and Special Collections

     Rush Rhees Library


     Gamble Room

     Rush Rhees Library




     Hawkins-Carlson Room

     Rush Rhees Library

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