Lawrence Hill premiado
El escritor afro-canadiense Lawrence Hill ha sido premiado con el Commonwealth writers' prizes 2008 por su novela The Book of Negroes. Así lo comenta The Guardian:
Speaking from Cape Town after receiving his £10,000 award at a ceremony at the Fransschoek literary festival, a delighted Hill said his story related to a virtually unknown chapter of history. "It's particularly good to receive the prize in South Africa," he added, "because its history mirrors my protagonist's journey from oppression to liberation". The Book of Negroes is not yet published in the UK, but it has appeared in the US under the title Someone Knows My Name - according to Hill, the title was changed "because the publishers thought 'negro' was an incendiary term". A contentious title is not the only obstacle he has found in reaching an international audience. "My publisher told me that there was an acute, additional challenge for African-Canadian writers trying to get published in the UK," he explains. "If a book is thematically black, publishers there will look to the US. It is apparently not thought to be as fully authentic as American work, though the history is just as thematically complex".
Algunos ganadores célebres del Commonwealth prize son Rohinton Mistry, Peter Carey y JM Coetzee.