New York Public Library tribute to Octavia E. Butler

Sheree Renee Thomas blogs about the recent tribute to Octavia E. Butler at the New York Public Library.

The evening offered many jewels, too many to jot all down here, ranging from heartfelt testimony, illuminating and hilarious anecdotes, a couple of bizarre moments (oh, we are human, ain’t we!), some fyah performances from Sonia Sanchez and Avery Brooks (Good Lawd!), and rousing musicmakin’ from Toshi and Bernice Johnson Reagon that could only make Octavia smile.