Guide Membership: The Many Worlds of Octavia E. Butler
Good morning, welcome to the LA Times Book Club.
This fall we are exploring the legacy and prediction of fiction writer Octavia E. Butler.
He died 14 years ago, but Butler’s work is attracting worldwide attention right now, especially his nickname “The Parable of the Sower,” and his Los Angeles vision for the 2020 climate change and economic injustice. Sounds good?
Times reporter Tracy Brown wrote: “Butler’s well-known book has been in the news in recent months as people search for solutions to global chaos.” He added that “The Parable of the Sower,” first published in 1993, was featured on the Los Angeles Times Bestsellers List this week.
Brown has created a must-read guide for Butler fans who are on the move: Five Ways to Continue Your Find after the “Sower Illustration.”
In the next few weeks we will discuss all the details of Octavia Butler, the title of an upcoming book about her life and two new TV series featuring her books “Wild Seed” and “Dawn.”
On November 18, the book club welcomes Lynell George, author of “A Handful Earth, A Handful Sky: The World of Octavia E. Butler,” in an interview with Times columnist Julia Wick. George wrote his book on research from his relationship at the Huntington Library in Butler.
Free book club meetings begin at 7 a.m. and will be broadcast on the Los Angeles Times Facebook page, YouTube and Twitter.
Tell us: What is your favorite Butler story and why? Send feedback to [email protected] and we will share future articles.
Science fiction writer Octavia E. Butler grew up in Pasadena.
(Joshua Trujillo / Associated Press)
United We Read returns
Frustrated by the country’s political divisions, Heather John Fogarty decided to read his route across America, state and state, before the 2020 elections. He offered to join us on his trip, and I’m glad he did.
So far he has read more than 40 books from Alabama to Oklahoma. Part 3 of the United We Read series also includes an unforgettable combination from Anne Tyler, Dean Kuipers, Kiese Laymon, Marie Mutsuki Mockett, Percival Everett, Rumaan Alam, Louise Erdrich and many more.
“As I continue in this work, my mind has been warmed by our relationship with the land, a topic that I have been reading a lot about other countries in the third phase,” he writes. “Culture is always intertwined with the regions, and the books that have been most impacted on my recent trip give a clear picture, often with different perspectives on what we can choose to live on.”
(Cat O’Neil / For The Times)
A change of celebration
The Book Festival at the Los Angeles Times celebrates his 25th birthday and begins October 18 as a series of events. Readers are able to make a choice from what is happening in about 25 to 25 days.
The list of writers and writers includes Marilynne Robinson, Marlon James, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Maria Hinojosa, Laila Lalami, Kevin Kwan, Natalie Portman, Henry Winkler and Gov. Old Jerry Brown. All events are free.
Registering for tickets. Then take a few minutes to enjoy this story from traveler and celebrity Pico Iyer, who is repeating the history of the event in Southern California, for the first time at UCLA and in recent years on the USC campus: . ”
Iyer adds, “I’m glad the event is finding a way to stay in touch with us this fall even in the midst of a crisis: The Revolutionary Year has shown me that one can often be more interested in writing about an electronic writer than at the end of the hall.”
Window enlargement: Ryan Faughnder described one reading area that is at risk of natural disasters. Through the use of movies and TV shows, studios are destroying the rights of hundreds of unnecessary books and novels for the future.
Falling books: Margaret Atwood and Carlos Lozada are some of the writers who help us understand 2020.
Articles of Justice: The National Book Foundation publishes seven books that also cover a wide range of prisons.
Is Trump our problem? Authors Laila Lalami (“Right Citizens”) and Ayad Akhtar (“Beautiful Land”) encourage citizens, identity and challenges when discussing their new books.
What LA is reading: “The Lying Life of Adult” by Elena Ferrante is the latest in a series of lies this week, while Bob Woodward’s “Rage” is the 1st novel on the August 11 Los Angeles Times Bestseller List.
Concluding remarks: “All fiction writers write about the future and the past, and say:” If you continue to walk the road we are on, then you can be done, “says author Margaret Atwood in a new interview.