Book Club

In December 2020 we launched our Ethnicity in Maritime Network Book Club. 

The Ethnicity in Maritime Book Club involves a series of informal and intimate online/hybrid meet-ups that give its members an opportunity to read, listen and discuss books that broaden the knowledge and understanding of race and the impact of racism.

How does the Book Club work?

The Ethnicity Network Book Club is co-hosted by Julie Lithgow, Vice Chair of the Ethnicity in Maritime network and Samaa Addo, Marketing Manager and D&I Lead at The Baltic Exchange. We will keep you informed about the upcoming book club meetings and send out advance questions to spark new thinking and conversation. In each session, we will discuss the selected book, unpack the major themes, share our reactions and questions and contemplate the meaning and implications on our lives and the world around us. We also hope to occasionally host some guest authors too!

During 2021 we hosted our virtual book club via Goodreads – this is where we share our ‘virtual bookshelf’, see suggestions for other books, connect with each other outside of our meetings and make your own suggestions for future books. We will continue to use Goodreads during 2022 and beyond when we start to host more hybrid sessions.

The book club sessions will take place roughly every six weeks. Once you have signed up, you will receive the Goodreads and Zoom link/Venue information for the meetings. 

In the spirit of confidentiality, these sessions will not be recorded.

Dates and Reading List

Have a browse of the books and authors below and sign up to as many sessions. You can dip in and out of the club, or even skip the meet ups, and just read alongside us. Whilst we would love to see everyone at each book club, we know that a busy work and family life may mean you aren’t able to commit to all the meetings. If you do sign up, but are unable to finish the books in time, please feel free to join anyway as we would still value your input into what we hope to be engaging and enlightening conversations.

Tuesday 11 January 2022, 20:00 - 20:45 Online Mixed Feelings: Poems and Stories Avan Jogia
Tuesday 1 March 2022, 20:00 - 20:45 Online Mixed/Other Natalie Morris
Tuesday 26 April 2022, 18:00 - 18:45 Hybrid: Waterman's Hall and Online The Refugee Viet Thanh Nguyen
Tuesday 21 June 2022, 18:00 - 18:45 (Pride Month) Hybrid: London and Online. Joint session with Pride in Maritime Mr Loverman Bernardine Evaristo
Tuesday 4 October 2022, 18:00 - 18:45 (Black History Month) Hybrid: Location to be advised Eloquent Rage Brittney Cooper
Tuesday 22 November 2022, 20:00 - 20:45 Online Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need to Know About Global Politics Tim Marshall
Tuesday 13 December 2022, Time TBC In person - Location TBC Social Gathering

We shall endeavor to ensure that The Ethnicity Network Book Club will be a safe space to have open and honest conversations, and to develop and challenge our own thinking. So, if you are interested to find out more and explore the subject matter above, please join us! 

We look forward to welcoming you at our next session on Tuesday 21 June 2022. Register here.