Canadian writer Lawrence Hill will be speaking at Dalhousie University tonight to discuss his best-selling and award-winning 2007 novel, The Book Of Negroes.

The novel is inspired by a historical document called The Book Of Negroes, copies of which are found in the Nova Scotia Public Archives as it relates to slaves who requested permission into the province from the U.S., only to find further racist struggles.

Tonight’s event is hosted by Dal Reads and begins at 7 in Ondaatje Hall at the Marion McCain Arts and Social Sciences Building at 6135 University Ave. The event is free to the public.