Book Talk: Octavia Butler’s Kindred

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February 22 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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Join us for a book club discussion of Octavia Butler’s Kindred, adapted into a graphic novel by Damian Duffy! We will meet virtually through Zoom to share our thoughts on this science fiction classic.

The library will be providing a limited number of physical copies of the graphic novels to students who register for the event. Students who attend the virtual book club will be able to keep the graphic novel. Students who cannot attend the book club will need to return the copy afterwards.
If you are a student who would like to be provided a copy (as long as available), please select that option when registering!

An eBook copy of the book is also available through the LFCC library and can be accessed through our EBSCO eBook Collection here: Octavia Butler’s Kindred by Damian Duffy

For more information on downloading or accessing eBooks through EBSCO: How to Use EBSCO eBooks

More on Octavia Butler’s Kindred:

Octavia E. Butler’s bestselling literary science-fiction masterpiece, Kindred, now in graphic novel format. More than 35 years after its release, Kindred continues to draw in new readers with its deep exploration of the violence and loss of humanity caused by slavery in the United States, and its complex and lasting impact on the present day. Adapted by celebrated academics and comics artists Damian Duffy and John Jennings, this graphic novel powerfully renders Butler’s mysterious and moving story, which spans racial and gender divides in the antebellum South through the 20th century.
Butler’s most celebrated, critically acclaimed work tells the story of Dana, a young black woman who is suddenly and inexplicably transported from her home in 1970s California to the pre–Civil War South. As she time-travels between worlds, one in which she is a free woman and one where she is part of her own complicated familial history on a southern plantation, she becomes frighteningly entangled in the lives of Rufus, a conflicted white slaveholder and one of Dana’s own ancestors, and the many people who are enslaved by him.
The intersectionality of race, history, and the treatment of women addressed within the original work remain critical topics in contemporary dialogue, both in the classroom and in the public sphere. Frightening, compelling, and richly imagined, Kindred offers an unflinching look at our complicated social history, transformed by the graphic novel format into a visually stunning work for a new generation of readers.