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Eternity Martis: Meet SFU Library’s 2022 Non-Fiction Writer in Residence

2022

Celebrate SFU Library's 2022 Non-Fiction Writer in ResidenceEternity Martis, in an opening launch event! Join Eternity and fellow non-fiction author and journalist Kamal Al-Solaylee for an evening of readings and conversation, presented by SFU Library and SFU Public Square.

Eternity Martis is an award-winning Toronto-based journalist whose work on race and language has influenced media style guide changes across the country. Her bestselling debut memoir is They Said This Would Be Fun: Race, Campus Life, and Growing Up.

Kamal Al-Solaylee is an award-winning author and the director of the School of Journalism, Writing, and Media at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. His most recent book is Return: Why We Go Back to Where We Came From.

Thu, 20 Jan 2022

6:30 p.m. (PT)

Online event

A link and password to access this online event will be emailed to all registrants via Eventbrite shortly before the event.

Accessibility

Closed captioning in English will be available at this event.

About SFU Library's Non-Fiction Writer in Residence Program

The SFU Library Non-Fiction Writer in Residence emphasizes the power of non-fiction writing to share knowledge beyond academia, enhancing the SFU community's capacity to tell compelling research and scholarship stories. This complements the Library's growing activities in the area of knowledge mobilization.

The Writer in Residence will:

  • Deliver workshops on non-fiction writing for a public audience
  • Showcase non-fiction writing that brings scholarship to a public audience through public events
  • Offer opportunities for SFU graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty, and staff to receive feedback and support on their own public writing projects

Speakers

Eternity Martis

Eternity Martis is an award-winning Toronto-based journalist. She was a 2017 National Magazine Awards finalist for Best New Writer and the 2018 winner of the Canadian Online Publishing Awards for Best Investigative Article. Her writing has appeared in ViceThe Huffington PostThe Walrus, CBC, HazlittThe Fader and Salon, and on academic syllabuses around the world. Her work on race and language has influenced media style guide changes across the country. She is the course developer and instructor of Reporting On Race: The Black Community in the Media at Ryerson University, the first of its kind in Canada, and the 2021 Asper Visiting Professor at UBC. She earned an honours BA and a Certificate in Writing from Western University and an MJ from Ryerson University. In 2020, she was named one of Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women by Women's Executive Network.

Her bestselling debut memoir, They Said This Would Be Fun: Race, Campus Life, and Growing Up, was a "Best Book of the Year" pick by The Globe and Mail, Apple, Audible and Chapters/Indigo. CBC called the book one of "20 moving Canadian memoirs to read right now" and PopSugar named it one of "5 Books About Race on College Campuses Every Student Should Read." The TV/film rights for the book have been sold to Temple Street Productions, a division of Boat Rocker Media. In 2021, They Said This Would Be Fun won the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize for Non-Fiction.

Kamal Al-Solaylee

Kamal Al-Solaylee is the author of the national bestseller Intolerable: A Memoir of Extremes, which won the 2013 Toronto Book Award and was a finalist for CBC’s Canada Reads and the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction. His second book, Brown: What Being Brown in the World Today Means (to Everyone), was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Awards for Nonfiction and the Trillium Book Award, and won the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing. His most recent book is Return: Why We Go Back to Where We Come From. He was previously a theatre critic at The Globe and Mail and has written reviews and features on arts and politics for all major Canadian publications. He holds a PhD in English and is the director of the School of Journalism, Writing, and Media at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

Moderator

Emily Lam

Emily Lam (she/her) is a fourth-year student at SFU, studying Health Sciences (Population-Quantitative Health) and Business (Entrepreneurship & Innovation), who describes herself as an aggressively caring individual, a serial multitasker and the type of person who laughs before the joke is told. She is most excited about children's mental health, stigma reduction, and trauma-informed practice and how that can help build healthier and more equitable communities. Emily also has interests in housing and social policy, storytelling, and cultural community connections. Find Emily on LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram.

Join us! Registration is free. We’ll also send an email recap to everybody who RSVPs, even if you can’t make the event.

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Accessibility, technology and privacy

Accessibility

Closed captioning in English will be available at this event.

A captioned video recording of the event will be emailed to all registrants after the event.

Technology

A link and password to access this online event will be emailed to all registrants via Eventbrite shortly before the event.

To engage in this online event, you will need a computer (laptop or desktop), tablet or smartphone, with speakers or headphones. A microphone and/or a webcam are recommended if you would like to fully participate in the interactive portions of this event.

We recommend that you use a computer for the best experience of this event. Some interactivity and accessibility features are not available when using a smartphone or tablet.

Protecting your privacy

This event will be recorded, but only the speakers will be visible in the published recording. The recording will be shared with all registrants and published on SFU Public Square’s website, YouTube and social media channels.

To ensure that we are using online event technology in a privacy-conscious way, we are following best practices for this online event series:

  • We will only circulate the event link to those who are registered for the event
  • We will password-protect the event
  • We will enable end-to-end encryption
  • We will not use attention tracking

To protect your own privacy:

  • We remind you that whatever you say during the event is public, so please do not share sensitive information about yourself or others, and do not say anything you do not wish to enter the public domain.

To protect the privacy of others:

  • Please do not record or photograph yourself, other participants, or the hosts during the event, unless permission is requested and given.

If you have any questions about this event’s accessibility, technology requirements or privacy, please connect with us at psqevent@sfu.ca.

Community guidelines

Our community guidelines are intended to ensure the safety of all guest speakers and event participants, and to foster honest, socially accountable dialogue at our events. Thank you for respecting these guidelines!

  • Above all, there will be zero tolerance for those who promote violence or discrimination against others on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, or disability. Anyone who incites harm towards other participants (whether through chat, video, audio or otherwise) will be removed at the discretion of our technical team and moderator.
  • Don’t assume pronouns/gender/knowledge based on someone’s name or appearance. Please refer to people using the usernames and/or pronouns they provide.
  • Take space, make space: share your perspective, and make space for other voices to be heard too. Recognize that we are all here to learn.
  • Practice self-care in whatever way you need to. If you need to get up or take a break, please do so.

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