On Reverence: To Bee or Not To Bee

with Jenna Butler, Award-Winning Author

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Jenna Butler is a mixed-race (South-Asian/British) Canadian writer whose latest book Revery: A Life of Bees was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award. Jenna lives on a farm outside of Edmonton, Alberta and just came out of a long bout of fighting cancer—in the middle of a pandemic.  

In this episode, Jenna and I talk about what it means to find a sense of belonging to the land we inhabit as first generation immigrants AND as settlers on stolen Indigenous territory. We also talk about what bees have to teach us humans, what being mixed-race means in a time where racism is such a charged topic…. and the lost power of reverence. 

For more on the theme of reverence, read the story “Silver Birch” in my bestselling book Bones of Belonging — now available for purchase.

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