Actress Aunjanue Ellis as Aminata Diallo and Cuba Gooding, Jr as Sam Fraunces. BET Photo

Actress Aunjanue Ellis as Aminata Diallo and Cuba Gooding, Jr as Sam Fraunces. BET Photo

Good news! The compelling 2007 novel, Someone Knows My Name by Canadian author Lawrence Hill—released in Canada under the title, The Book of Negroes—has been adapted for American TV and will air next month as a miniseries on BET.

I read the book two years ago. I’m still enthralled by the story Hill wove around his character Aminata Diallo, kidnapped from Africa at age 11 and enslaved in 19th century South Carolina. What unfolds is a splendid mix of history and imagination. Read more…