Octavia Butler: Parable of the Sower & Parable of the Talents


(Marco V Morelli) #1

Parable-of-the-Sower

Overview

About Octavia Butler : "Octavia Butler passed away on February 24th, 2006 at the age of only 58, leaving behind a body of work whose influence cannot be exaggerated. Butler was a Black, female genre writer at a time when science fiction was still seen by many as the territory of white men. Her writing centered on women of color in a way few narratives then did, and posited that empathy could be humanity’s saving grace. As today’s environmental and human rights crises make painfully clear, Butler’s work is only going to become more relevant and necessary as time goes on. " - Carolyn Cox, The Portalist, 2018, URL : https://theportalist.com/octavia-butler-facts

Why are we reading this book? How are we approaching the experience? What are we hoping to learn, explore, or create through this reading?

Meeting Schedule

Parable of the Sower

Week 1 August 8, 2018 6:00 PM (Europe: Paris), August 8, 2018 9:00 AM (America: Los Angeles)August 8, 2018 8:00 PM (Europe: Paris), August 8, 2018 11:00 AM (America: Los Angeles) : Intro to Octavia Butler
Week 2 August 15, 2018 6:00 PM (Europe: Paris), August 15, 2018 9:00 AM (America: Los Angeles)August 15, 2018 8:00 PM (Europe: Paris), August 15, 2018 11:00 AM (America: Los Angeles) : Ch. 1-8
Week 4 August 29, 2018 6:00 PM (Europe: Paris), August 29, 2018 9:00 AM (America: Los Angeles)August 29, 2018 8:00 PM (Europe: Paris), August 29, 2018 11:00 AM (America: Los Angeles) : Ch. 9-16
Week 6 September 12, 2018 6:00 PM (Europe: Paris), September 12, 2018 9:00 AM (America: Los Angeles)September 12, 2018 8:00 PM (Europe: Paris), September 12, 2018 11:00 AM (America: Los Angeles) : Ch. 17-25

Parable of the Talents

Week 8 September 26, 2018 6:00 PM (Europe: Paris), September 26, 2018 9:00 AM (America: Los Angeles)September 26, 2018 8:00 PM (Europe: Paris), September 26, 2018 11:00 AM (America: Los Angeles) : Prologue + Ch. 1-7
Week 11 October 17, 2018 6:00 PM (Europe: Paris), October 17, 2018 9:00 AM (America: Los Angeles)October 17, 2018 8:00 PM (Europe: Paris), October 17, 2018 11:00 AM (America: Los Angeles) : Ch. 8-14 (skipped the 10th week because of the Gebser conference)
Week 12 October 24, 2018 6:00 PM (Europe: Paris), October 24, 2018 9:00 AM (America: Los Angeles)October 24, 2018 8:00 PM (Europe: Paris), October 24, 2018 11:00 AM (America: Los Angeles) : Ch. 15-21 + Epilogue
Week 13 October 31, 2018 5:00 PM (Europe: Paris), October 31, 2018 9:00 AM (America: Los Angeles)October 31, 2018 7:00 PM (Europe: Paris), October 31, 2018 11:00 AM (America: Los Angeles) . : Wrap-up

Here are some interviews with Octavia Butler - well, the last one is a kind of commemoration, but it is worth listening to.

Interview about Parable of the Sower and Parable of the Talents

Charlie Rose interviews :

Part 1
Part 2

Coming Out Black episode (commemorative)

Additional reading

Gerry Canavan, 2016, Octavia E. Butler (Modern Masters of Science Fiction), University of Illinois Press, 248 pp. - this appears to cover both biographical material and also commentary on her life and its relation to her writing.

Join Us

Where to sign up or express interest : https://www.metapsychosis.com/readers-underground/join/

The video chats will be recorded and posted for public viewing. The reading group is organized by Geoffrey Edwards, but participants may be asked to lead individual sessions as appropriate.

ZOOM video conference: https://zoom.us/j/740-164-668


Octavia Butler - Reading Group, Session #1
Octavia Butler - Reading Group, Session #2 [8/15]
(Geoffrey Edwards) #2

I am definitely open to this, Marco. I sent out a slew of invitations to friends and colleagues this morning, and I think “beating the bushes” to attract more people is great. Not everyone who commits comes, and so I think we could bring in more people. Doug (@Douggins) will come, and myself, and if you come, it makes a core group, but it is much more interesting if we can bring in six or more other readers.


(Marco V Morelli) #3

I am quite certain I’ll read the book, and leaning toward attending the live sessions as well. But I agree it would be good to bring in some new readers!


(Marco V Morelli) #4

The times appear off to me. You are thinking 12 - 2 pm Eastern time, right @Geoffrey_Edwards?


(Geoffrey Edwards) #5

Quite right, Marco - I wrote them in as if I were in the east, but right now I am in the west and the system assumed the times were west coast times. I made the correction - are they right now?


(Marco V Morelli) #6

They look right to me now, yes!