The critically acclaimed, award-winning novel The Book of Negroes is going to be made into a television miniseries.
The novel, by Canada's Lawrence Hill, is about a woman who is kidnapped from Africa and sold into slavery into the southern United States. Eventually, she makes her way to Halifax and finally to England at the turn of the 19th century.
Filming on the miniseries is due to begin this fall in South Africa, as part of a Canadian-South African co-production.
Toronto-based filmmakers Clement Virgo and Damon D'Oliveira acquired the rights to Hill's book in 2009 through their production company, 'Conquering Lion'.
Virgo and Hill plan to write the miniseries together, and Virgo will direct.
"Lawrence Hill has given us a gift with his novel The Book of Negroes and I'm now thrilled to be able to convey the exhilaration I felt on first reading it into an exciting cinematic experience for a worldwide audience," Virgo said in a statement.
The series will air on the CBC and the American network BET.
Lawrence Hill was in the red chair a few seasons ago. You can check out his conversation with George below.
The Book of Negroes was published in 2007 and has sold nearly a million copies around the world.
It was published in some countries under the title Someone Knows My Name, and has won a series of awards including the Writers' Trust Fiction Prize, the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for best overall book, and the 2009 edition of CBC's Canada Reads.
Hill also met The Queen in 2008 and said she was fascinated by the history behind his novel.
"Most of the conversation had to do with the historical questions the book explores, and she was really quite struck [by the story]," he said.