Community Read of Octavia’s Brood, Wed., Jan. 27

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Join us Wed., Jan. 26 at 12:40 p.m. for our second meeting of the Community Read of Octavia’s Brood. We’ll meet weekly on Wednesdays in the PUB 9208 from 12:40-1:40 p.m.

This week we’ll be discussing the stories: Evidence, Black Angel, and The Long Memory.

Don’t know what Community Read is? Read on:
Each year a new book is selected for our Community Book Read. Together we share our impressions and ideas. Weekly analyses of the text are led by a variety of college volunteers, bringing with them their unique backgrounds, expertise and perspectives. This keeps the discussion fresh, lively and relevant.

This year’s book is Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements. 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.

The entire campus community is invited to read and discuss the stories inside Octavia’s Brood during winter quarter. Students will be able to receive a FREE copy of the book after signing up!

You can explore the book, its message and its authors at the library’s learning guide here.

You can find more information and a link to sign up on the SLC web page and you can also sign up to join the read here.

The Community Read of Octavia’s Brood is kicking off with its first meeting, Wed., Jan. 20

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Join us Wed., Jan. 20 at 12:30 p.m. for the first meeting of the Community Read of Octavia’s Brood. We’ll meet weekly on Wednesdays in the PUB 9208 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. 

Don’t know what Community Read is? Read on:

Each year a new book is selected for our Community Book Read. Together we share our impressions and ideas. Weekly analyses of the text are led by a variety of college volunteers, bringing with them their unique backgrounds, expertise and perspectives. This keeps the discussion fresh, lively and relevant.

This year’s book is Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements. 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.

The entire campus community is invited to read and discuss the stories inside Octavia’s Brood during winter quarter. Students will be able to receive a FREE copy of the book after signing up!

You can explore the book, its message and its authors at the library’s learning guide here.

You can find more information and a link to sign up on the SLC web page and you can also sign up to join the read here.

“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).