Reasonable Discourse Book Club: Kindred by Octavia E. Butler

  • 6/02/2022 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
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  • Reasonable Discourse Book Club: Kindred by Octavia E. Butler

    Part science fiction, part historical novel, Kindred is a story about a young woman who gets caught in a time loop that shunts her back & forth through modern times and the days of slavery in Antebellum Maryland. She meets her ancestors and finds herself developing survival skills to cope with slavery, while struggling to get back to her own time.

    The author, Octavia E. Butler decided as a young child that she wanted to be a writer in spite of an aunt telling her "Honey... Negroes can't be writers." At the age of 10, she talked her mom into buying her a Remington typewriter, on which she started pecking away at her stories. She eventually became a successful writer and has won numerous awards, including the Hugo Award, the Locus Award, and the Science Fiction Chronicle Reader Award for her story Bloodchild. Her book, Parable of the Sower became the 1994 New York Times Notable Book of the Year.

    Discussion will be led by Nina Dusa. Nina became interested in Octavia Butler during the Black Lives Matter protests of 2020 when she stumbled upon a social media post asking people to list their favorite books by black authors. Octavia Butler’s books popped up repeatedly.

    Kindred is available at your local library and online.