Massey Lectures 2014

The 2013 CBC Massey Lectures, "Blood: The Stuff of Life"


Blood runs red through all of us and carries the same life-giving energy to every human being. We've learned a lot about the science of blood, but it is as complex and mysterious as ever. Culturally, blood has a mystique all its own, and what it stands for - tribe, family, race, gender - has divided us since the beginning of time.

Blood pulses through our religions, through literature and the visual arts, and every time it pools or spills, we learn a little more about what brings human beings together and what divides us.

Renowned author Lawrence Hill takes us on a fascinating journey through the story of blood.

Lawrence Hill.jpgBlood: The Stuff of Life is Lawrence Hill's ninth book. His earlier works include the novels Some Great Thing and Any Known Blood, and the memoir Black Berry, Sweet Juice: On Being Black and White in Canada. His novel, The Book of Negroes, won numerous awards including the Commonwealth Writers' Prize. It was published around the world and became a number one national bestseller in Canada.

A former journalist with the Winnipeg Free Press and the Globe and Mail, Hill has travelled widely in Canada, the United States, France, and Spain, and worked as a volunteer with Crossroads International in Niger, Cameroon, and Mali. To encourage the economic and social development of girls and women in Africa, he has supported Crossroads International, currently as an honorary patron, for more than thirty years.

He is currently finishing a new novel and co-writing the adaptation of The Book of Negroes to a six-part TV miniseries. For more information on Lawrence Hill, please visit his website.

Blood: The Stuff of Life is published by House of Anansi Press


Listen to excerpts from the lectures

Lecture 1: Blood Counts
Lecture 2: Truth & Honour
Lecture 3: Belonging
Lecture 4: Power & Spectacle
Lecture 5: Secrets



Listen & Watch

Listen to interviews with Lawrence Hill and watch video discussions about the 2013 CBC Massey Lectures here.

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