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Parable of the Talents by Octavia Butler: Community Read-Along

April 16 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

We are looking forward to reading with you all again! Join book lovers across the city for a community Read-Along of Parable of the Talents by Octavia Butler. We will host a virtual book discussion on April 18th at 6 pm with Dr. Josie Brown of Point Park University. She will lead us in conversation as we explore the looming horizon of a world torn apart by war, violence, greed, and environmental catastrophe, as described by Lauren Olamina through her journals and her daughter Asha’s eyes.

About Parable of the Talents:
In 2032, Lauren Olamina has survived the destruction of her home & family and realized her vision of a peaceful community in northern California based on her newly founded faith, Earthseed. The fledgling community provides refuge for outcasts facing persecution after the election of an ultra-conservative president who vows to “make America great again.” In an increasingly divided and dangerous nation, Lauren’s subversive colony–a minority religious faction led by a young black woman–becomes a target for President Jarret’s reign of terror and oppression. Years later, Asha Vere reads the journals of a mother she never knew, Lauren Olamina. As she searches for answers about her own past, she also struggles to reconcile with the legacy of a mother caught between her duty to her chosen family and her calling to lead humankind into a better future.

This series is part of the Parable Path, which is Toshi Reagon’s framework for community organizing through artistic engagement, connected to her musical adaptation of Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower.

Zoom (RSVP here for link) | April 18th, 2024 | 6 pm

presented in collaboration the Black Unicorn Library, Dreams of Hope, Point Park Reads, and United Black Book Clubs.

contact blackunicornproject@gmail.com for questions.

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