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Class, Race, and Power: Octavia Butler’s Legacy in Society & the Soul

May 20, 2018 @ 4:15 pm - 5:15 pm

Class, race, and power: Octavia Butler explored these themes with an unflinching intensity that broke new ground for science fiction and demanded hard self-reflection from her readers. She was called, “…among the best SF writers, blessed with a mind capable of conceiving complicated futuristic situations that shed considerable light on our current affairs.” Butler influenced how we think about these issues and she shaped the entire sci-fi genre. A Pasadena native who made Los Angeles part of her narratives, her legacy also shapes her community. Journalist and Octavia Butler historian Lynell George, novelist and American Book Award winner Tananarive Due, and LA Review of Books Editor Janice Rhoshalle Littlejohn discuss the facets of Octavia Butler’s work and her enduring influence.

Featured Guests: Lynell George (After/Image: Los Angeles Outside the Frame), Tananarive Due (Ghost Summer: Stories), and Janice Rhoshalle Littlejohn, Moderator.

Books available for advance purchase at Vroman’s Bookstore to be signed at the panel.


May 20, 2018
4:15 pm - 5:15 pm
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Vroman’s Bookstore Upstairs
695 E Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States