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Afrofuturist Octavia Butler:
The Parable of the Sower

Original digital portrait of award-winning science fiction author Octavia Butler, commissioned by More Jersey for a New Jersey event.

Monday, March 4, 2024

6:15 PM - 7:45 PM

Price: $20

Montclair Public Library:
Bellevue Branch

185 Bellevue Avenue
Montclair, NJ 07043

Montclair Public Library

Event Description

The talk will introduce students to Butler's prophetic storytelling. 

Though it was written decades ago, "The Parable of the Sower" resonates profoundly with contemporary concerns around consumerism, sustainability, and empathy. 

Set in the future just one year from now (2025), the book offers a critical lens to examine the complexities of Western consumer-driven ideology. 

Butler invites you to reflect on the potentials of minimalism, empathy and pivotability as tools for survival and transformation in a world marred by environmental and social crises. 

The talk is not just a literary exploration, but a call to introspection about the world we live in and the future that is being shaped right now. 

About the Author

Octavia Butler, a renowned science fiction writer, broke barriers and defied conventions in her prolific career. Known for her powerful narratives and thought-provoking themes, Butler's work highlighted social issues with a unique blend of speculative fiction. Butler's legacy as a trailblazer and visionary remains a testament to her impactful contributions to literature.

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