*CANCELLED* IGNITE Book Club: Tessa McWatt in conversation with Annette Henry

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Join us for a special evening as we create joy and IGNITE change. IGNITE Book Club presents critically acclaimed author Tessa McWatt for an evening of discussion and connection.

IGNITE is an ongoing series of engagements with racialized authors at UBC’s Vancouver campus. McWatt will share insights into her works and finding joy amidst her experience of living as a racialized individual, author, and academic.

Hosted by Dr. Annette Henry, this is an opportunity to hear one of Canada’s leading authors reflect on her lived experiences and signature works, including Shame on Me.


Tessa McWatt, who won a 2018 Eccles British Library Award to research this book, is a professor of creative writing at University of East Anglia. The author of six critically acclaimed works of fiction, she has been nominated for the Governor General's Award, the Toronto Book Awards and the OCM Bocas Prize. Her parents emigrated to Canada from Guyana when she was three; she lives in London.

Designed to open up space and stimulate dialogue and discussion around race and leadership, IGNITE is one of several key initiatives this year to recognize and embrace the diversity of our faculty community, and provide an intentional space for racialized faculty to share their experiences. The IGNITE Book Club has been designed with and for racialized faculty to allow for the exploration and discussion of memoirs written by renowned racialized authors.