In this 8-week reading group offered through Quillwood Academy, participants will explore the rich themes woven into Octavia Butler's visionary novel Parable of the Sower. The book is set in California in 2024, in a world ravaged by a destabilizing climate and a country (the USA) struggling against nationalism. Readers learn about this world through journal entries written by the novel's protagonist, a teenaged black girl named Lauren, who is forced to reckon with a future that many in her community cannot accept. The book has long earned praise for its prescience. In addition to reading this book together, participants are also invited to experiment with a strong ethic of care that will entail 1) developing awareness of our and others' nervous system states, 2) approaching the book and our conversations from a place of curiosity rather than knowing or self-righteousness, 3) slowing our inquiry down and taking our time, and 4) letting collective interest guide our engagement. The group's orientation meeting is scheduled for Sunday, May 23, using Zoom conferencing software. Future meetings will take place on the weekends of June 5-6, June 19-20, and July 3-4. This event is offered by donation.

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  • What a powerful book this is... Gripping, masterful writing. I couldn't put it down once I started it, and it blew my mind.
    I probably won't be able to attend this reading circle, alas, due to a conflicting schedule, but thanks for offering it Eric. I hope it will enable more and more people to discover the work of O. Butler.

    • It is really a beautiful book! A tale of mutual aid amidst a landscape of diminishment.

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