Our book this fortnight is the vivid and wonderful Butter Honey Pig Bread by Francesca Ekwuyasi. It’s a story about family, food, sensuality, love, home, and the way that trauma reverberates through lives over time and space. This book is gorgeously written and full of light and heart, even as it tackles some pretty heavy topics.
Content warning for this episode: sexual assault, suicide, conversion therapy, mental illness.
• Francesca Ekwuyasi’s official website
• Butter Honey Pig Bread as a contender on Canada Reads 2021
• The ọgbanje
• Traditional naming of twins in Yoruba culture and a cool photographic project, “Land of Ibeji,” about “the mythology twinhood in Nigeria”
• An interview with Francesca Ekwuyasi from The Tyee
• Strong Sense of Place’s Food + Fiction series and their article on BHPB — complete with recipes for Jollof Rice and Fried Plantains!
Thanks as always to Rob Muir for our theme song, intro music, and all things audio.