March 5: Kindred by Octavia Butler

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Dana, a 26-year-old black woman, is celebrating her birthday with her new husband when she is suddenly transported from modern-day California to the American South before the Civil War. Dana saves a young boy from drowning and subsequently discovers he is the son of a slaveholding plantation owner. Dana is repeatedly called back to the boy’s side whenever he is in deep trouble and spends more and more time in the slave quarters. We begin to wonder whether Dana will ever make it home to her native California. But where is home for her, really?

“One cannot finish KINDRED without feeling changed. It is a shattering work of art with much to say about love, hate, slavery, and racial dilemmas, then and now.” - SAM FRANK, LOS ANGELES HERALD EXAMINER

“Truly terrifying…A book you’ll find hard to put down.” ESSENCE

“Butler’s literary craftsmanship is superb.” - WASHINGTON POST BOOK WORLD

About the author:

Octavia Estelle Butler (June 22, 1947 – February 24, 2006) was an African-American science fiction author. A multiple recipient of both the Hugo and Nebula awards, she became in 1995 the first science-fiction writer to receive a MacArthur Fellowship. 

Butler was born in Pasadena, California. After her father died, she was raised by her widowed mother. Extremely shy as a child, Octavia found an outlet at the library reading fantasy, and in writing. She began writing science fiction as a teenager, attended community college during the Black Power movement, and was encouraged to attend the Clarion Workshop, which focused on science fiction. 

She soon sold her first stories and , with the publication fo Kindred in 1979, had become sufficiently successful as an author that she was able to pursue writing full-time.  She won the Hugo Award in 1984 for her short story, "Speech Sounds," and in 1985, Butler's novelette "Bloodchild" won a Hugo Award, a Nebula Award, the Locus Award, and an award for best novelette from Science Fiction Chronicle.


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Upcoming books: The PC Reads volunteers have chosen the following books for the first seven months of 2020. Why not plan ahead and pick up books that we will be discussing in the next few months? Many are available at local libraries.

Apr 2 - This Tender Land by William Kent Kruger

May 7 - The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

Jun 4 - Beartown by Fredrik Backman

Jul 7 - The Storyteller's Secret by Sejal Badani