Eternity Martis: “I had to survive”
Eternity Martis found that as a Black student at a mostly-white university, she learned more about “what someone like me brought out in other people than who I was.” From blackface to racial slurs, she chronicled it all in her debut memoir, They Said This Would Be Fun. A blend of personal stories and in-depth reporting, it pulls back the curtains on systemic issues–racism, sexism, intimate partner violence–plaguing students today. An award-winning journalist and editor, Martis’ work has appeared in The Huffington Post, VICE, The Walrus, CBC, Canadaland, Chatelaine, and Salon, among other outlets. In 2017, she was a National Magazine Award finalist for Best New Writer. She is also the 2018 winner of the Canadian Online Publishing Awards’s Best Investigative Feature. Photo of Eternity Martis by Corey Misquita. Martis’ They Said This Would Be Fun is available through McLelland & Stewart. A map of Canadian independent booksellers taking online orders can be found here.