Abby Aguirre of the New Yorker makes note of the relevance and warnings in Octavia Butler’s novel: “Octavia Butler’s tenth novel, Parable of the Sower, which was published in 1993, opens in Los Angeles in 2024. Global warming has brought drought and rising seawater. The middle class and working poor live in gated neighborhoods, where they fend off the homeless with guns and walls. Fresh water is scarce, as valuable as money.”
We will talk about this book on Wednesday, April 14 at 6:00-7:00 PM EST. Copies are available from the Mahoning County Public Library, Trumbull County Public Library, Maag Library via OhioLink, and the YSU Barnes and Noble. Haven’t read the book yet? No worries. Join us. Register for the Zoom room here.
We’ll meet Wednesday, May 12 to discuss the last title in this series of books by Black authors, An American Marriage, by Tayari Jones (novel). After a summer hiatus, we will resume the conversation in September with a new series on writer-as-subject (fiction, biography, autobiography). Titles will be announced in time for summer reading.