Celebrating Octavia

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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.

Our Literary Mothers: Desi Authors on Influence and Inspiration Salon

Desi authors Tanaz Bhathena (Hunted by the Sky), Tanuja Desai Hidier (Born Confused), Prerna Pickett (If You Only Knew), Karuna Riazi (The Battle), Swati Teerdhala (The Archer At Dawn), and Shveta Thakrar (Star Daughter) gathered for an evening salon celebrating the books, music, art, and people that inspired and influenced their work.

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Asian Diaspora: How Colonization and Migration Changes Cuisine Panel

Food, sharing, cooking and eating is such an important part of many cultures — including survival, family, a sense of place. With over 60% of the world’s population, and a longer history of migration, colonization, empire — food has changed significantly as people have moved.

Listen in as authors Aliette de Bodard, Jaymee Goh, Nibedita Sen, Michi Trota, and Anya Owabout talk about cooking, colonization, and migration.

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