Chapters of Change: Anti-racism & Conversations
Join WUSA Advocacy and the UWaterloo Library in a reading and conversation on Eternity Martis‘ book They Said This Would Be Fun – a powerful memoir that explores the author’s experiences as a Black woman navigating the predominantly white and privileged environment of a Canadian university.
They Said This Would Be Fun Synopsis
A book smart kid from Toronto, Eternity Martis was excited to move away to Western University for her undergraduate degree. But as one of the few Black students there, she soon discovered that the campus experiences she’d seen in movies were far more complex in reality. Over the next four years, Eternity learned more about what someone like her brought out in other people than she did about herself. She was confronted by white students in blackface at parties, dealt with being the only person of colour in class and was tokenized by her romantic partners. She heard racial slurs in bars, on the street, and during lectures. And she gathered labels she never asked for: Abuse survivor. Token. Bad feminist. But, by graduation, she found an unshakeable sense of self–and a support network of other women of colour.
They Said This Would Be Fun has been named one of Indigo’s “Best Books of 2020,” and is an Audible and Apple pick for one of the “Best Audiobooks of 2020” and has recently won the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize for Non-Fiction. Get a copy of yours today!
About the Author
Eternity Martis is an assistant professor in the School of Journalism at Toronto Metropolitan University. She is an award-winning Toronto-based journalist and editor whose work has been featured in The Huffington Post, VICE, Chatelaine, Maclean’s, Flare, Salon, CBC, Hazlitt, The Walrus, Refinery29, The Fader, Complex and many more. She is the former senior editor and health editor of Xtra magazine, Canada’s only LGBTQ2+ media, and a former producer at CBC and CTV News.
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