MAC'S BACKS SCI-FI BOOK CLUB DISCUSSES KINDRED

Thursday, May 18, 2023 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Mac's Backs Sci-Fi Book Club discusses Kindred by Octavia E. Butler.

The visionary time-travel classic whose Black female hero is pulled through time to face the horrors of American slavery and explores the impacts of racism, sexism, and white supremacy then and now.

"I lost an arm on my last trip home. My left arm." 

Dana's torment begins when she suddenly vanishes on her 26th birthday from California, 1976, and is dragged through time to antebellum Maryland to rescue a boy named Rufus, heir to a slaveowner's plantation. She soon realizes the purpose of her summons to the past: protect Rufus to ensure his assault of her Black ancestor so that she may one day be born. As she endures the traumas of slavery and the soul-crushing normalization of savagery, Dana fights to keep her autonomy and return to the present. 

Blazing the trail for neo-slavery narratives like Colson Whitehead's The Underground Railroad and Ta-Nehisi Coates's The Water Dancer, Butler takes one of speculative fiction's oldest tropes and infuses it with lasting depth and power. Dana not only experiences the cruelties of slavery on her skin but also grimly learns to accept it as a condition of her own existence in the present. "Where stories about American slavery are often gratuitous, reducing its horror to explicit violence and brutality, Kindred is controlled and precise" ( New York Times). 

"Reading Octavia Butler taught me to dream big, and I think it's absolutely necessary that everybody have that freedom and that willingness to dream." 
--N. K. Jemisin

Octavia E. Butler (1947-2006) was the author of many novels, including Dawn, Wild Seed, and Parable of the Sower. She was the recipient of a MacArthur Award and a Nebula Award, and she twice won the Hugo Award.

The meeting will take place at Mac's Backs. The book will be available at the store or through our website at the 20% book club discount.

 

Event address: 
Mac's Backs Books on Coventry
1820 Coventry Rd.
Cleveland Hts., OH 44118
Books: 
Kindred By Octavia Butler Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780807083697
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Beacon Press - February 1st, 2004