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Sign Up for a Free, New Webinar Series Celebrating Octavia E. Butler

A conversation series with visionary authors and artists.

On Saturday, May 2nd, Octavia Butler’s novel Parable of the Sower was celebrated in the webinar, "Octavia Tried to Tell Us: Parable for Today’s Pandemic" — the first in a series of free courses on Butler's work. 

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The webinar was co-hosted by Tananarive Due and Monica A. Coleman—prominent Black authors with specialties in horror and theology, respectively. Their discussion centered around Butler’s prescience, and can be watched in its entirety in the recording below. 

For more exploration of Butler's work, you can sign up for next week's May the 9th webinar here.  

Though very few details about future webinars have been released, Due noted on Twitter that on May 16th she and Coleman will be accompanied by John Jennings, the artist who adapted Parable of the Sower into a graphic novel with author Damian Duffy. Parable of the Sower musical composer Toshi Reagon will also make an appearance on May the 9th. 

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By Octavia E. Butler

Featured image: Patti Perret, photograph of Octavia E. Butler seated by her bookcase, 1986. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.

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Published on 04 May 2020

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