We are pleased to announce that the 2018-19 Common Reading is Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler!
This award-winning work of speculative fiction was written in 1993 by renowned African American author Octavia E. Butler, whose works have been associated with the Afrofuturism movement. The near-future dystopia depicted in Parable of the Sower feels eerily prescient today. Both this book and its sequel, Parable of the Talents (1998), have gained much renewed attention in the last few years by organizers, activists and writers as a result of the current political, economic and social climate. The novel addresses a vast range of themes --perfect for the interdisciplinary engagement required of a Common Reading -- such as climate change, environmental and political instability, income inequality, racism, disability, violence, gender and sexuality, and religious belief and identity, among others.