Kingston Frontenac Public Library (KFPL) has announced the return of their Constellations lecture series. The first Zoom event this season will happen on Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 6:30 p.m. and feature Eternity Martis, author of They Said This Would Be Fun: Race, Campus Life, and Growing Up, the KFPL said in a media release dated Thursday, Sept. 18, 2020.
According to the release, 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.
Kingston Frontenac Public Library, The Friends of the Kingston Frontenac Public Library, Queen’s Studies in National and International Development, and the Black Luck Collective are pleased to host this Constellations lecture series with a book talk and conversation with Eternity Martis. An award-winning journalist, editor, and author with work that has appeared in Vice, Huffington Post, The Walrus, Chatelaine, CBC, and more.
Martis’ work on race and language has influenced style guide changes across the country (namely the capitalization of “Black” and “Indigenous” identities), KFPL said in the release. Featured in the Globe and Mail’s 2020 winter books preview, Quill and Quire’s most anticipated memoirs, and Now magazine’s most anticipated books of 2020, They Said This Would Be Fun is “A powerful, moving memoir about what it’s like to be a student of colour on a predominantly white campus.”
“KFPL is thrilled to collaborate with eminent partners to present an author whose work will speak to many in our community,” said KFPL’s Teen and New Adult Services Librarian, Graeme Langdon.
On Wednesday, October 7 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., KFPL will host Martis in conversation with members of Kingston’s Black Luck Collective via Zoom. Martis will read from her work, discuss its contents, and field questions from the audience. For more information and to register please visit https://calendar.kfpl.ca/event/4506998.
Constellations is a lecture and demonstration series encompassing politics and identity, science and technology, arts and letters, and practical skills relevant to contemporary life. Conceived and developed by KFPL’s New Adult Advisory Board (NAAB) with Teen and New Adult Services Librarian, Graeme Langdon, Constellations aims to stimulate imagination and facilitate lifelong learning for all of the communities within our community.