SC Angeles Chapter Book Club: Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler Register

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Wed, Aug 25, 2021  6:30 PM  - 8:00 PM  (Local Time)

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SC Angeles Chapter Book Club: Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler

Join us for the third book club of the year where everyone is welcomed and invited. The Sierra Club Angeles Chapter staff has committed to organizing this book club that focuses on themes centered on Environmental Social Justice. For our third featured book we have selected Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler. This is a critically acclaimed and award winning post-apocalyptic novel. The New York Times has suggested it "pairs well with 1984 or The Handmaid's Tale.Parable of the Sower, which was published in 1993, takes place in a dystopian future in Los Angeles in 2024. In a not so divergent future from ours, global warming has brought drought and rising seawater. Fresh water is scarce, as valuable as money. Fires are common. Police services are expensive, whilst few people trust the police. The book unfolds through journal entries of its protagonist, a fifteen-year-old black girl named Lauren Oya Olamina. People have changed the climate of the world, she observes. Now theyre waiting for the old days to come back. Lauren equips herself to survive in this future. She gathers maps and books on how Native Americans used native plants and lived off the earth. She develops a belief system of her own, a Darwinian religion she names Earthseed. When the day comes for her to leave her fenced community, Lauren walks west to the 101 freeway.If you are intrigued by this dystopian (and honestly not so far from our current environmental reality) RSVP today to this FREE virtual book club event. We are looking forward to diving into this book that cites many similarities to what we are facing in California with environmental issues related to water, wildfires and community injustices. By writing black female protagonists into science fiction, and bringing her acute appraisal of real-world power structures to the imaginary worlds she created, Butler became an early pillar of the subgenre and aesthetic known as Afrofuturism.

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Kimberly Orbe
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Join us for the third book club of the year where everyone is welcomed and invited. The Sierra Club Angeles Chapter staff has committed to organizing this book club that focuses on themes centered on Environmental Social Justice. For our third featured book, we have selected “Parable of the Sower” by Octavia Butler. This is a critically acclaimed and award-winning post-apocalyptic novel. The New York Times has suggested it "pairs well with 1984 or The Handmaid's Tale.

Parable of the Sower,” which was published in 1993, takes place in a dystopian future in Los Angeles in 2024. In a not so divergent future from ours, global warming has brought drought and rising seawater. Freshwater is scarce, as valuable as money. Fires are common. Police services are expensive, whilst few people trust the police. The book unfolds through journal entries of its protagonist, a fifteen-year-old black girl named Lauren Oya Olamina. “People have changed the climate of the world,” she observes. “Now they’re waiting for the old days to come back.” Lauren equips herself to survive in this future. She gathers maps and books on how Native Americans used native plants and lived off the earth. She develops a belief system of her own, a Darwinian religion she names Earthseed. When the day comes for her to leave her fenced community, Lauren walks west to the 101 freeway.

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If you are intrigued by this dystopian (and honestly not so far from our current environmental reality) RSVP today to this FREE virtual book club event. We are looking forward to diving into this book that cites many similarities to what we are facing in California with environmental issues related to water, wildfires, and community injustices. 

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​​​​​​By writing black female protagonists into science fiction, and bringing her acute appraisal of real-world power structures to the imaginary worlds she created, Butler became an early pillar of the subgenre and aesthetic known as Afrofuturism.
 

Purpose of the event + why should you join?

  • To build community, connect, and meet like-minded individuals! 
  • To contribute to our ongoing learning on issues related to race and ESJ issues
  • Join a book club that provides a space for thoughtful conversation on issues of environmental social justice and activism

 


How you can get involved:

  1. Register for our FREE Book Club event,  one of a series
  2. Block off Wed, August 25, 2021, 6:30 PM  - 8:00 PM on your calendar.
  3. Borrow, Checkout, or buy the book. We encourage you to check out the book from your local Los Angeles Public Library. You can also use the Libby App to electronically check out the book for free! More information on Libby here. More options include using Audiobooks or purchasing the book from your favorite bookstore.
  4. Stay connected with us! We will be sending out emails to the book club participants to help us all get to know each other before we discuss the book. Community is more important now than ever and we are immensely grateful to share space with you on August 25th.
 

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