“Octavia’s Brood” Community Read Kick Off Event Wed., Oct. 14

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This year’s Community Reads book, Octavia’s Brood, is a science-fiction/fantasy anthology inspired by the work of Octavia Butler and focused on themes of social justice (in many planes of time).

To kick off this semester’s community read, we’re hosting an Introduction to Octavia’s Brood event this Wed., Oct. 14 from 1:30-2:30 p.m. on the third floor of the library. Refreshments will be served. We’re going to display a webpage for community reads containing many resources for anyone interested in the book. We’re encouraging students, staff and faculty to attend and learn more about this book and the activities that will be planned around it in the coming year.

We’re hoping to get some students at the kick off interested in the topics of social justice, science fiction and creative writing to get involved with the book group portion for next quarter. We’re also hoping to get more staff and faculty involved in the read itself. If you’ve ever been interested in any of the above spread the word and we hope to see you there!

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).

Community Book Read Call for 2015-16 Nominations – Deadline Extended

bookclubFriends & Colleagues –  We need your help. Please consider nominating a book for the 2015-16 campus-wide Community Book Read and participating on the Community Book Read Selection Committee.

The SCC Community Read Program needs you! What is the most inspiring book you have read in recent years? Nominate it!

Nominations for the 2015-2016 SCC Community Book Read are needed by Friday, April 17. Please email submissions to
crworkgroup@list.shoreline.edu.
 Criteria:
a.      Content is meaningful, relevant to our lives today and would be found relatable for a variety of readers
b.      Length of book is 250 pages or less
c.      Book is readily available in paperback, ebook and audio

When submitting your recommendation, please include the following information for consideration by the Book Selection Committee:
a)      Brief Bio about the Author
b)      Brief explanation of why you are recommending the book: What makes it relevant and relatable to our lives today? Why do you think this book will stimulate interesting and in-depth discussions of the book? Why do you like this book? (no more than 250 words)
c)       If possible, suggest potential events that we could sponsor at SCC that relate to the book (i.e., speakers, films, presentations).
d)      If your recommended book were chosen, would you be interested in facilitating one or more of the book discussions? Are you interested in leading or sponsoring an event? (participation is optional, not required for the adoption of the book)
e)      Have you used the book in one of your courses?
f)       Are you interested in using the book in one of your courses?

Join the Selection Committee: this group will consist of 5-11 representatives from faculty, staff, students and administrators of the college community. If you are interested in participating in the selection process for the 2015-2016 Community Book Read, Contact Lianne Almughirah, lalmughirah@shoreline.edu, by Friday, April 17.

In order to streamline the process, the goal is for there to be only 3 meetings. Below is the tentative/suggested schedule of activities for the Book Selection committee:
a.       initial meeting   (week of April 13)
b.      read all submissions and select top 3 books (week of April 20)
c.       each member read one of the top 3 books
d.      committee selects final (week of May 18)
e.      campus community informed of the 2015-16 Community Read book selection (Week of May 25)

Best Regards,
Community Book Read Committee

Request for 2015-2016 Community Book Read Nominations and Volunteers for Book Selection Committee

bookclubThe SCC Community Book Read Committee is currently in need of your assistance in choosing a book for next year.  We need book recommendations and volunteers to serve on the 2015-2016 Book Selection Committee.

Book Nominations for the 2015-2016 SCC Community Book Read are needed by Friday, April 10. Please send book nominations via email to crworkgroup@list.shoreline.edu.

We are looking for books that meet the following criteria:

Content is meaningful, relevant to our lives today and would be found relatable for a variety of readers
Length of book is 250 pages or less
Book is readily available in paperback, ebook and audio

When submitting your recommendation, please include the following information for consideration by the Book Selection Committee:
Brief Bio about the Author
Brief explanation of why you are recommending the book: What makes it relevant and relatable to our lives today? Why do you think this book will stimulate interesting and in-depth discussions of the book? Why do you like this book?  (no more than 250 words)
If possible, suggest potential events that we could sponsor at SCC that relate to the book (i.e. speakers, films, presentations).
If your recommended book were chosen, would you be interested in facilitating one or more of the book discussions? Are you interested in leading or sponsoring an event? (participation is optional, not required for the adoption of the book.)
Have you used the book in one of your courses?
Are you interested in using the book in one of your courses?

The Selection Committee will consist of 5-11 representatives from faculty, staff, students and administrators of the college community. If you are interested in participating in the selection process for the 2015-2016 Community Book Read, Contact Lianne Almughirah, lalmughirah@shoreline.edu by Wed., April 8.

In order to streamline the process, the goal is for there to be only 3 meetings. Below is the tentative/suggested schedule of activities for the Book Selection committee:

initial meeting   (week of April 13)
read all submissions and select top 3 books (week of April 20)
each member read one of the top 3 books
committee selects final (week of May 18)
campus community informed of the 2015-16 Community Read book selection (Week of May 25)

Request for 2015-2016 Community Book Read Nominations and Volunteers for Book Selection Committee

bookclub

The SCC Community Book Read Committee is currently in need of your assistance in choosing a book for next year.  We need book recommendations and volunteers to serve on the 2015-2016 Book Selection Committee.

Book Nominations for the 2015-2016 SCC Community Book Read are needed by Friday, April 10. We are looking for books that meet the following criteria:

Content is meaningful, relevant to our lives today and would be found relatable for a variety of readers
Length of book is 250 pages or less
Book is readily available in paperback, ebook and audio

When submitting your recommendation, please include the following information for consideration by the Book Selection Committee:
Brief Bio about the Author
Brief explanation of why you are recommending the book: What makes it relevant and relatable to our lives today? Why do you think this book will stimulate interesting and in-depth discussions of the book? Why do you like this book?  (no more than 250 words)
If possible, suggest potential events that we could sponsor at SCC that relate to the book (i.e. speakers, films, presentations).
If your recommended book were chosen, would you be interested in facilitating one or more of the book discussions? Are you interested in leading or sponsoring an event? (participation is optional, not required for the adoption of the book.)
Have you used the book in one of your courses?
Are you interested in using the book in one of your courses?

The Selection Committee will consist of 5-11 representatives from faculty, staff, students and administrators of the college community. If you are interested in participating in the selection process for the 2015-2016 Community Book Read, Contact Lianne Almughirah, lalmughirah@shoreline.edu by Wed., April 8.

In order to streamline the process, the goal is for there to be only 3 meetings. Below is the tentative/suggested schedule of activities for the Book Selection committee:

initial meeting   (week of April 13)
read all submissions and select top 3 books (week of April 20)
each member read one of the top 3 books
committee selects final (week of May 18)
campus community informed of the 2015-16 Community Read book selection (Week of May 25)