SFUAD contributing faculty member Marsha Scarbrough’s newest memoir, Honey in the River has been published by Changemakers Books, an imprint of John Hunt Publishing. A publication event, open to the public, will take place on Friday, May 29 at 6 p.m. in SFUAD’s Fogelson Library and will include a reading by the author, music by Agalu Nigerian drumming troupe, light refreshments and book sales.
In her quest for spiritual wisdom, Scarbrough studied West African shamanism with a Nigerian ceremonial leader and master drummer, an experience that was followed by romance and eventually betrayal. Scarbrough’s memoir of that romance, Honey in the River, explores the contemporary relevance of ancient African wisdom teachings. Scarbrough weaves the mythology and metaphysics of Ifa, the indigenous religion of the Yoruba people of West Africa, throughout her fast-paced tale which combines spiritual text with descriptions of her experiences in rhythm, dance and deep trance. As she blends archetypal drama and epic soap opera, the author reveals and befriends her personal shadow.