“Repressive societies always seemed to understand the danger of "wrong" ideas.”
Octavia Estelle Butler was a trailblazer. She won multiple notable literary awards such as the Nebula and the Hugo. Butler was highly known for her afro-futuristic science fiction, and unfortunately did not see the full effects of her work due to her untimely passing.
Below you will find some of her work, and a video on why you should read Octavia Butler.
I think you should read her work because of the message that exude from the pages. Her dystopian novels aren't just that. They cover topics from global warming to back injustice to women's rights. That's why I think she deserves to be highlighted during the month of Women's history month.
Be on the look out for some of her novels hitting the small screen here soon. Currently, Dawn is in the development process with renowned director Ava DuVernay and Amazon Prime.
Join the next Cover to Cover book group meeting, on April 12, 2022, to discuss Kindred by Octavia Butler.
To register or learn more about the book group click here.
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A Good Morning America 2021 Top Summer Read Pick
The visionary author's masterpiece pulls us--along with her Black female hero--through time to face the horrors of slavery and explore the impacts of racism, sexism, and white supremacy then and now.
Dana, a modern black woman, is celebrating her twenty-sixth birthday with her new husband when she is snatched abruptly from her home in California and transported to the antebellum South.
Rufus, the white son of a plantation owner, is drowning, and Dana has been summoned to save him. Dana is drawn back repeatedly through time to the slave quarters, and each time the stay grows longer, more arduous, and more dangerous until it is uncertain whether or not Dana's life will end, long before it has a chance to begin.
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