We are delighted to announce the launch of The Ethnicity Network Book Club.
The Ethnicity Network Book Club will be a series of informal and intimate online 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 will 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. They 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!
We host 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.
The book club sessions will take place roughly every six weeks. Once you have signed up, you will receive the Goodreads and Zoom link for the meetings.
In the spirit of confidentiality, these sessions will not be recorded.
Dates and Reading List
We have pulled together an exciting reading list (half fiction and half nonfiction) for the first four meet-ups, see below. We hope that the book club will decide collectively what books to read thereafter.
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.
|BOOK CLUB DATE/TIME||BOOK TITLE||AUTHOR|
|Tuesday 19 January 2021, 20:00 - 20:45||Homegoing||Yaa Gyasi|
|Tuesday 2 March 2021, 20:00 - 20:45||Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race||Reni Eddo-Lodge|
|Tuesday 27 April 2021, 20:00 - 20:45||Americanah||Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie|
|Tuesday 8 June 2021, 20:00 - 20:45||Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire||Akala|
|Thursday 14 October 2021, 18:30||The Hidden Girl and Other Stories||Ken Liu|
|Tuesday 30 November 2021, 20:00 - 20:45||Mixed/Other||Natalie Morris|
|Tuesday 11 January 2022, 20:00 - 20:45||Mixed Feelings: Poems and Stories||Avan Jogia|
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!
Sign up to our next session on Thursday 14 October at 18:30 here.