Seattle Public Library To Host Octavia’s Brood Event August 26

Screen Shot 2015-08-11 at 3.23.55 PMIn case you’ve missed it, the Community Book Read book for 2015-16 is Octavia’s Brood, a collection of social justice-themed science fiction stories.

And now the Seattle Public Library is hosting a conversation with two of the contributors to Octavia’s Brood from 5–8:30 p.m., on Wed., August 26, on the Seattle Central Library’s Atsuhiko and Ina Goodwin Tateuchi Plaza.

The two contributors—Walidah Imarisha and Gabriel Teodros—will be discussing the book, their stories, the inspiration and legacy provided by African-American science fiction writer (and Lake Forest Park resident) Octavia Butler, and the connection between science fiction and social justice.

Several faculty, staff, and administrators are planning to attend the event and would like to encourage others to join us.

Imarisha co-edited Octavia’s Brood with Adrienne Maree Brown and wrote one of its stories (“Black Angel”). On the faculty of the Black Studies Department at Portland State University, Imarisha is billed as a “writer, organizer, educator and spoken word artist.” Teodros is a multiracial—he claims, Ethiopian, Scottish, Irish, and Native American descent—Seattle hip-hop artist. His story, “Lalibela” appears in Octavia’s Brood and, in addition to talking about his writing, Teodros will also perform at the library’s event.

Octavia’s Brood is a collection of social justice-themed science fiction stories that feature things like time travel, shape shifting, dystopian worlds, re-imaginings of “model minorities,” and the possibilities of using visionary fiction to develop new ideas of future worlds. The works are inspired by the writings of Octavia Butler, an award-winning science fiction writer (Kindred, Parable of the Sower, and Lilith’s Brood) who lived in Lake Forest Park before her death in 2006.

Shoreline Community College has adopted Octavia’s Brood as it’s community read for 2015-2016 and is developing events and programming to generate conversation and action around the themes explored in its pages. The entire campus community—staff, administrators, students, and faculty—will be invited to read and discuss the stories inside Octavia’s Brood during winter quarter, and faculty are being encouraged to incorporate some of its stories into their classes in the coming year.

Community read organizers are also hoping to bring some of the people behind the book—like Imarisha and Teodros to campus—for conversations about social justice, science fiction, the art of writing, and reading appreciation.

Click here to find out more about the Seattle Public Library event.

And click here if you’d like to find out more about Octavia’s Brood.

If you would like to know what you can do to become involved in the college’s community read, contact Yvonne Terrell-Powell or one of the current community workgroup members (like Caroline Conley in the library, Joyce Fagel in sciences, or Tim Wright in history and multicultural studies).

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