Program Type:Book Discussion / Literary Reading
In celebration of African American History Month, we are reading the classic science fiction novel Kindred by Octavia Butler. We embark on an engaging time-slip story, centered around a Black woman living in Los Angeles in 1976, who becomes an accidental traveler through time. Jockeyed back and forth between present and past by an unknown cosmic force, the female protagonist Dana Franklin confronts a community of slaves and their masters at a plantation in 19th-century Maryland, which forms a strange mirror on the present day. This is an adventure of gripping human drama that plays upon powerful connections between history and the time we live in, focusing a hope to create a better future for women and Americans of African heritage. The author, Octavia Butler, who died in 2006, was inducted posthumously into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2010.
Our guest discussion leader is Dr. Edmond Chang, Assistant Professor in the Department of English at Ohio University.