Bolu Babalola and Hannah Giorgis for HONEY AND SPICE

Loyalty is soooooo unbelievably delighted to welcome back dream team Bolu Babalola and Hannah Giorgis for a virtual event celebrating Bolu's incredible debut novel, Honey and Spice!!! This event will be held digitally via Crowdcast. Click here to register for the event with a donation of any amount of your choice. You can also order the book below to be automatically added to the event's registration list. **Plus, preorder Honey and Spice from Loyalty to receive a SIGNED copy!!** Donations will go to Partners in Abortion Care. There will also be an option to snag the book during the event.


Breakout author Bolu Babalola pens her vibrant debut novel, full of passion, humor, and heart, that centers on a young Black British woman who has no interest in love and unexpectedly finds herself caught up in a fake relationship with the man she warned her girls about.

Sharp-tongued (and secretly soft-hearted) Kiki Banjo has just made a huge mistake. An expert in relationship-evasion and the host of the popular student radio show, Brown Sugar, she’s made it her mission to make sure the women of the Afro-Caribbean Society at Whitewell University do not fall into the mess of “situationships”, players, and heartbreak. But when the Queen of the Unbothered kisses Malakai Korede, the guy she just publicly denounced as “The Wastemen of Whitewell” in front of every Blackwellian on campus, she finds her show and her reputation on the brink.

They’re soon embroiled in a fake relationship to try and salvage their reputations and save their futures. Kiki has never surrendered her heart before and a player like Malakai, no matter how charming he is or how incredible their connection is, won’t be the one to change that.

After surprisingly entertaining study sessions and intimate late-night talks at old-fashioned diners force Kiki to look beyond her own presumptions, is she ready to open herself up to something deeper?

A side-splittingly funny and sparkling debut novel, Honey and Spice is full of delicious tension and romantic intrigue that will make you weak at the knees.


Bolu Babalola is a British-Nigerian journalist, writer, and lover of love. In 2016, she was shortlisted in 4th Estate’s B4ME competition for her short story “Netflix & Chill,” a hilarious tale of teen romance. While writing scripts for TV and film, she also works as a content creator, where she calls herself a “romcomoisseur." She is the author of Love in Color and her debut novel, Honey & Spice.


Hannah Giorgis is a staff writer at The Atlantic. Her essays, criticism, and reporting have appeared in publications including the New York Times magazineThe GuardianBon Appétit, and Pitchfork, as well as The Ringer and BuzzFeed News, where she worked prior to joining The Atlantic in 2018. She has written short stories for the Lifted Brow literary journal, SPOOK magazine, and the Addis Ababa Noir anthology. Hannah also co-wrote Ida B. The Queen: The Extraordinary Life and Legacy of Ida B. Wells with Wells' great-granddaughter, Michelle Duster.

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Event date: 
Thursday, July 7, 2022 - 6:00pm
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Honey and Spice: A Novel By Bolu Babalola Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063141483
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: William Morrow - July 5th, 2022

Love in Color: Mythical Tales from Around the World, Retold By Bolu Babalola Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063078505
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - April 26th, 2022

Ida B. the Queen: The Extraordinary Life and Legacy of Ida B. Wells By Michelle Duster Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982129811
Availability: Not In Store - Available to Special Order
Published: Atria/One Signal Publishers - January 26th, 2021