Celebrating Octavia

Today, June 22, would have been Octavia Butler’s 76th birthday. To honor her, we gathered together some of Octavia’s fans and dear friends for a reading of The Books of the Living, the sacred text of the religion found in Butler’s groundbreaking (and prescient) Parable series.

Join Alaya Dawn Johnson, Andrea Hairston, Ebony Elizabeth Thomas, Henry Lien, John Jennings, K. Tempest Bradford, LeVar Burton, Linda Addison, Nisi Shawl, Piper J. Drake, Sheree Renée Thomas, Steven Barnes, Tananarive Due, Wayne Brady, and Yang-Yang Wang in celebrating our deeply beloved and missed foremother.

Join us in #CelebratingOctavia by sharing this video and by supporting us in honoring her legacy. Donations to the Carl Brandon Society help fund out major programs, including the Octavia E. Butler Memorial Scholarship, the Parallax and Kindred Awards, and (soon) the BIPOC Book Fair for kids.