The 2023 Port Medway Readers’ Festival


francesca ekwuyasi ​- JULY 15

Butter Honey Pig Bread

francesca ekwuyasi is a writer, artist, and filmmaker born in Lagos, Nigeria, who lives in Halifax. Her first novel, Butter Honey Pig Bread, described as a “magical debut” in a starred Publishers Weekly review, was published in 2020 and won the Writers’ Trust of Canada Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBTQ2S+ Emerging Writers, was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Amazon Canada First Novel Award, and a Lambda Literary Award, and was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. In 2021, Butter Honey Pig Bread was runner up in CBC’s Canada Reads.

Francesca Ekwuyasi

francesca ekwuyasi


Some Hellish

Nicholas Herring

Nicholas Herring

Nicholas Herring is as a carpenter from Murray Harbour, PEI, whose debut novel, Some Hellish, won the Atwood Gibson Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize in 2022. “What Cormac McCarthy did for cowboys and horses, Nicholas Herring does for fishermen and boats in his novel Some Hellish … There is a dark beauty within this story, and it will make the reader’s heart sing.” –Jury Citation


Calvin Trillin has been a summer resident of Port Medway since 1972. The author of over 30 books, he has contributed to The New Yorker since 1963, has won the Thurber Prize for American Humour, and has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His New Yorker essay “How I Got My Groove Back” about rediscovering his sense of style through shopping at Frenchy’s demonstrates why Nova Scotia is his “home place.”

With Philip Slayton and William Kowalski reading from the collected works of Calvin Trillin.

A founder of the Port Medway Readers’ Festival, Philip Slayton is the author of numerous books, including his latest, Antisemitism: An Ancient Hatred in the Age of Identity Politics. He divides his time between Port Medway and Toronto.

William Kowalski is the internationally bestselling author of five works of literary fiction, including The Hundred Hearts, winner of the 2014 Thomas H. Raddall Award. He lives in Mahone Bay.

Calvin Trillin

Calvin Trillin