Octavia E. Butler Memorial Tribute Fundraiser

Join Nalo Hopkinson, Jewelle Gomez, Susie Bright, Jennifer de Guzman, and Guillermo Gomez-Peña for a fundraiser reading to benefit the Octavia E. Butler Memorial Scholarship.

Sunday, March 4, 5 – 7 pm

The Starry Plough
3101 Shattuck Avenue
Berkeley, CA.


The Octavia E. Butler Memorial Scholarship will enable writers of color to attend one of the Clarion writing workshops, where Octavia got her start. It is meant to cement Octavia’s legacy by providing the same experience/opportunity that Octavia had to future generations of new writers of color. In addition to her stint as a student at the original Clarion Writers Workshop in Pennsylvania in 1970, Octavia taught several times for Clarion West in Seattle, Washington, and Clarion in East Lansing, Michigan, giving generously of her time to a cause she believed in.

Contact Claire Light for more information.


Other upcoming events in tribute to
Octavia E. Butler

February 28 : The Martin Ridge Lecture: Octavia Butler’s Legacy. Friends’ Hall, Huntington Library, in San Marino, California (near Pasadena). Wednesday, February 28, 7:30 pm. The late author Octavia Butler left her readers invaluable gifts, not the least of which were her acclaimed science fiction novels. Sandra Govan, professor of English at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte, will discuss Butler’s life and work in a lecture titled “Gifts, Directives, and Gothic Trips: The Legacy of Octavia Butler.” Free.

For more information about the Huntington Library, visit http://www.huntington.org/Information/EventsCal.html; for Sandra Govan’s tribute to Octavia E. Butler, visit http://www.femspec.org/editorial/Butler_Tribute.htm.


March 1: Tribute to Octavia E. Butler and a celebration of her work, Thursday, March 1, at 7 PM. Nalo Hopkinson, Vonda N. McIntyre, Nisi Shawl, Jerry Large, Timeca Briggs, and Leslie Howle for a tribute to Octavia’s work combined with the reading and signing of Nalo’s latest novel, The New Moon’s Arms. The evening will be hosted by the Washington Center for the Book, the Central District Forum, the Carl Brandon Society, and Elliott Bay Book Company in the Main Library’s Microsoft Auditorium, 1000 Fourth Avenue, Seattle, Washington.

Visit http://www.spl.org for more information about the Seattle Public Library; see http://www.cdforum.org/ for more information about the Central District Forum; and http://www.elliottbaybook.com/ for more information about the Elliott Bay Book Company.

See http://nalohopkinson.blogspot.com/ for more information about Nalo Hopkinson, whose book tour had been planned last year as a joint tour with Octavia to celebrate Nalo’s new book, The New Moon’s Arms, and the paperback edition of Octavia’s last book, Fledgling.


March 3: Tribute to Octavia E. Butler with Nalo Hopkinson and friends. Saturday, March 3, at 6:30 PM, Marcus Books, 3900 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Oakland, California.

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