Hill is the son of American immigrants — a black father and a white mother — who came to Canada the day after they married in 1953 in Washington, D.C. Growing up in the predominantly white suburb of Don Mills, Ontario in the sixties, Hill was greatly influenced by his parents’ work in the human rights movement. His father, Daniel Hill, and his mother, Donna Hill, co-founded the Ontario Black History Society.
Formerly a reporter with The Globe and Mail and parliamentary correspondent for The Winnipeg Free Press, Hill speaks fluent French and some Spanish. He has lived and worked across Canada, in Baltimore, and in Spain and France. He has also traveled and volunteered in Niger, Cameroon, Mali and Swaziland.
Hill is the author of ten books and has won numerous awards including The Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, and CBC Radio’s Canada Reads.He is a member of the Order of Canada, and of Canada’s Walk of Fame.
A professor of creative writing at the University of Guelph, Hill continues to write and lives with his family in Hamilton, Ontario and in Woody Point, Newfoundland.