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The Secret Diaries of Charles Ignatius Sancho: Remarks from Actor and Author Paterson Joseph

Arts & Culture

The Secret Diaries of Charles Ignatius Sancho: Remarks from Actor and Author Paterson Joseph

A City Club Book Club Selection

Tuesday, May 9, 2023
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Doors at 11:15am / Lunch at 11:30am / Forum begins 12:00pm

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"A novel is the most intimate form of storytelling, because no one is between you and the work." – Paterson Joseph

In Paterson's debut novel, The Secret Diaries of Charles Ignatius Sancho, the story of Charles Ignatius Sancho is one that begins on a slave ship in the Atlantic and ends at the very center of London life. Sancho would become the first Black man to vote in Britain and lead the fight to end slavery--reigniting the conversation on Black excellence, identity, and the challenges that remain today.

Paterson is an award-winning actor, and wrote and starred in the play Sancho: An Act of Remembrance in 2018, which was staged in the UK as well as the US--including the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. A veteran of the stage, TV, and film, Paterson has appeared on The Mosquito Coast, an Apple TV+ original series; Doctor Who; Noughts + Crosses; and other BBC programs.

Join us at the City Club for the official relaunch of the City Club Book Club, and hear from Paterson Joseph in a captivating intersection of performance art, storytelling, and Black history.

Photo Credit: Faye Thomas


After the forum, a book signing with the author will be available. ThirdSpace Reading Room will be on site for book sales.


The livestream will be available beginning at 12:00pm. Have questions? Tweet them at @TheCityClub or send a text to 330.541.5794.

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