July is Graphic Novels in Libraries Month and we are celebrating that by reading Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation based on Octavia E. Butler's masterpiece.
Kindred is held up as an essential work in feminist, science-fiction, and fantasy genres, and a cornerstone of the Afrofuturism movement. The intersectionality of race, (social) history, and the treatment of women addressed within the original work remain critical topics in contemporary dialogue, which means there will be plenty for us to discuss.
The read-along is open to all ERAU students, faculty, staff, and alumni and you do not need a profile or login to participate.
You can check out the book via the Hunt Library:
Introduction to Kindred:
Octavia E. Butler’s bestselling literary science-fiction masterpiece continues to draw in new readers with its deep exploration of the violence and loss of humanity caused by slavery in the United States, and its complex and lasting impact on the present day.
Adapted by celebrated academics and comics artists Damian Duffy and John Jennings, this graphic novel powerfully renders Butler’s mysterious and moving story, which spans racial and gender divides in the antebellum South through the 20th century. Butler’s most celebrated, critically acclaimed work tells the story of Dana, a young black woman who is suddenly and inexplicably transported from her home in 1970s California to the pre–Civil War South. As she time-travels between worlds, one in which she is a free woman and one where she is part of her own complicated familial history on a southern plantation, she becomes frighteningly entangled in the lives of Rufus, a conflicted white slaveholder and one of Dana’s own ancestors, and the many people who are enslaved by him.
We hope you will join us for a harrowing and compelling read, Eagles!