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Arsenal Pulp Press Butter Honey Pig Bread and Jonny Appleseed finalists for CBC 2021 Canada Reads

2021 marks the 20th edition of CBC Canada Reads. Over four days, the five Canada Reads champions selected will bring their diverse perspectives to this year’s theme: One Book to Transport Us. Canada Reads 2021 takes place March 8-11 and will be hosted by Ali Hassan and broadcasted on CBC Radio One, CBC TV, CBC Gem, and on CBC Books. CBC Books has launched a Facebook group for those who want to read the Canada Reads 2021 books together. You can join the conversation here.

Among the five champions are two books from the B.C.-based publisher, Arsenal Pulp Press. Arsenal Pulp Press is a book publisher in Vancouver, Canada with over 400 titles currently in print, which include literary fiction, nonfiction and poetry; books on social issues; gender studies; LGBTQ2S+ and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and persons of colour) literature; graphic novels and non-fiction; children’s and young adult literature; regional history; cookbooks; alternative crafts; and books in translation. Arsenal Pulp Press is interested in literature that engages and challenges readers, and which asks probing questions about the world around us. Learn about the two champion books, Jonny Appleseed by Joshua Whitehead and Butter Honey Pig Bread by Francesca Ekwuyasi.

 

Jonny Appleseed by Joshua Whitehead

Devery Jacobs is championing Jonny Appleseed by Joshua Whitehead. (Submitted by Devery Jacobs)

 

Jonny Appleseed is a novel by Joshua Whitehead about a two-spirit Indigiqueer young man who leaves the reserve and becomes a cybersex worker in the big city to make ends meet. But he must reckon with his past when he returns home to attend his stepfather’s funeral. Jonny Appleseed won the Lambda Literary Award for gay fiction and was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award for fiction and the Amazon Canada First Novel Award. It was also longlisted for the 2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize. The book is championed by Devery Jacobs, a Mohawk actor and filmmaker from Kahnawà:ke Mohawk territory. She can be seen in the film Rhymes for Young Ghouls and the television shows The Order on Netflix, Cardinal on CTV and American Gods on Amazon Prime Video/STARZ. Her next major role will be in Taika Waititi’s new FX series Reservation Dogs. Her feature film as a co-writer, This Place, is set to be released in 2021. Joshua Whitehead is a two-spirit, Oji-nêhiyaw member of Peguis First Nation, currently pursuing his PhD. He is also the author of the poetry collection full-metal indigiqueer and is the editor of the anthology Love After the End. Jonny Appleseed is his first novel.

 

Butter Honey Pig Bread by Francesca Ekwuyasi

Roger Mooking is championing Butter Honey Pig Bread by Francesca Ekwuyasi. (Submitted by Roger Mooking)

 

Butter Honey Pig Bread is a novel by Francesca Ekwuyasi about twin sisters, Kehinde and Taiye, and their mother, Kambirinachi. Kambirinachi believes she was a spirit who was supposed to die as a small child. By staying alive, she is cursing her family — a fear that appears to come true when Kehinde experiences something that tears the family apart, and divides the twins for years. But when the three women connect years later, they must confront their past and find forgiveness. Butter Honey Pig Bread was on the Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist. The book is championed by Roger Mooking, a chef, restaurateur, television host, author and award-winning recording artist. He has hosted Man Fire Food on the Food Network Canada and Cooking Channel, Greatest of America on Travel Channel and Everyday Exotic on Cooking Channel and co-hosted Heat Seekers on Food Network alongside chef Aarón Sanchez. Francesca Ekwuyasi is a writer, filmmaker and visual artist. Her writing has appeared in The Malahat Review, Guts and Brittle Paper, and she was longlisted for the 2019 Journey Prize. Butter Honey Pig Bread is her first book. She was born in Lagos, Nigeria, and currently lives in Halifax.

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#ReadBC Bestsellers List

B.C. books cherish and champion the land, stories and diversity of life in the Pacific Northwest. Here are the 15 B.C. Bestsellers from Read Local BC, published by B.C. book publishers.

 

Book excerpt: Takaya: The Lone Wolf | Times Colonist

No. 1 Takaya: Lone Wolf by Cheryl Alexander
RMB | Rocky Mountain Books

An enchanting and evocative look at the unique relationship between a solitary, island-dwelling wolf and a renowned wildlife photographer.

BC Bestseller for 10 consecutive weeks

 

No. 2 Vancouver Exposed: Searching for the City’s Hidden History by Eve Lazarus
Arsenal Pulp Press

Eve Lazarus peels back the layers of Vancouver’s history to reveal its surprising hidden depths.

BC Bestseller for 10 consecutive weeks

 

Raven Squawk, Orca Squeak – Roy Henry Vickers Gallery

No. 3 Raven Squawk, Orca Squeak by Robert Budd, illustrated by Roy Henry Vickers
Harbour Publishing

With bright and bold illustrations by celebrated Indigenous artist Roy Henry Vickers, this sturdy board book introduces iconic sounds of the West Coast and supports the language development of babies and toddlers.

BC Bestseller for 30 consecutive weeks

 

No. 4 The E. J. Hughes Book of Boats by Robert Amos
TouchWood Editions

Boat lovers of all ages and people who enjoy the scenery of BC’s coast will delight in this charming gift book, a worthy addition to books about BC’s art history.

BC Bestseller for 13 consecutive weeks

 

Excerpt from Crossing The Divide: Discovering a Wilderness Ethic in Canada's Northern Rockies | Canadian Geographic

No. 5 Crossing the Divide: Discovering a Wilderness Ethic in Canada’s Northern Rockies by Wayne Sawchuk
Creekstone Press

Wayne Sawchuk takes us from his early days as a logger and trapper to his role in creating the largest protected wilderness area in the Rocky Mountains.

BC Bestseller for 5 consecutive weeks

 

Birds of British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest: A Complete Guide, Second Edition: Cannings, Richard, Aversa, Tom, Opperman, Hal: 9781772033274: Books - Amazon.ca

No. 6 Birds of British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest: A Complete Guide, Second Edition by Richard Cannings & Tom Aversa
Heritage House Publishing

The ultimate bestselling field guide to birds of the Pacific Northwest bioregion, now fully revised in its Second Edition!

BC Bestseller for 4 consecutive weeks

 

When We Are Kind, Book by Monique Gray Smith (Picture Books) | www.chapters.indigo.ca

No. 7 When We Are Kind by Monique Gray Smith, illustrated by Nicole Neidhardt
Orca Book Publishers

When We Are Kind celebrates simple acts of everyday kindness and encourages children to explore how they feel when they initiate and receive acts of kindness in their lives.

BC Bestseller for 12 consecutive weeks

 

A book of recipes from the author of the Grape Series memoirs that will transport you to a rustic French cottage surrounded by vineyards, no matter where in the world your kitchen might be.

No. 8 Bisous and Brioche: Classic French Recipes and Family Favorites from a Life in France by Laura Bradbury & Rebecca Wellman
TouchWood Editions

A book of recipes from the author of the Grape Series memoirs that will transport you to a rustic French cottage surrounded by vineyards, no matter where in the world your kitchen might be.

BC Bestseller for 3 consecutive weeks

 

Blue Sky Kingdom: An Epic Family Journey to the Heart of the Himalaya - Mountain Life

No. 9 Blue Sky Kingdom: An Epic Family Journey to the Heart of the Himalaya by Bruce Kirkby
Douglas & McIntyre

One morning at breakfast, while gawking at his phone and feeling increasingly disconnected from family and everything else of importance in his world, it strikes writer Bruce Kirkby: this isn’t how he wants to live.

BC Bestseller for 2 consecutive weeks

 

No. 10 Field Notes from an Unintentional Birder: A Memoir by Julia Zarankin
Douglas & McIntyre

When Julia Zarankin saw her first red-winged blackbird at the age of thirty-five, she didn’t expect that it would change her life.

BC Bestseller for 2 consecutive weeks

 

No. 11 Edible and Medicinal Flora of the West Coast: British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest by Collin Varner
Heritage House Publishing

A clear, concise guide to more than 130 edible and medicinal plants and funghi that grow wild throughout the west coast of British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest states.

BC Bestseller for 29 consecutive weeks

 

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No. 12 On Their Own Terms: True Stories of Trailblazing Women of Vancouver Island by Haley Healey
Heritage House Publishing

A fascinating collection of concise stories about seventeen courageous, independent, and diverse women who shaped the history of Vancouver Island.

BC Bestseller for 7 consecutive weeks

 

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No. 13 Slashburner: Hot Times in the British Columbia Woods by Nick Raeside
Harbour Publishing

Nick Raeside worked at many jobs in the logging business but the one that he specialized in was starting fires—small, (hopefully) controlled fires used to clean up logging slash or debris-laden sites left after the merchantable timber had been removed.

BC Bestseller for 2 consecutive weeks

 

No. 14 Gone Viking: A Travel Saga by Bill Arnott
RMB | Rocky Mountain Books

Bill Arnott guides readers on an epic literary odyssey following history’s most feared and misunderstood voyageurs: the Vikings!

BC Bestseller for 1 consecutive week

 

B.C. book explores the magic, myths and ecology of orcas | Vancouver Sun

No. 15 Spirits of the Coast: Orcas in Science, Art and History eds. Martha Black, Lorne Hammond, Gavin Hanke, with Nikki Sanchez
Royal British Columbia Museum

An insightful collection exploring the plight, past and promise of the orca, powerful symbol of BC’s wild coast and apex predator of all oceans.

BC Bestseller for 2 consecutive weeks