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Kindred book discussion + dinner

EDIT: The date for this meeting has been changed to Thursday JANUARY 30.

At this point this event is full, but if there's enough interest I'll hold a second discussion the following week. Sign up on the waitlist if you're interested.

The next selection for our science fiction book discussion will be Kindred by Octavia Butler and we'll meet to talk about it on Thursday January 23.   

This is a standalone novel by MacArthur Genius Grant recipient and multiple Hugo and Nebula award winning science fiction author Octavia Butler. 

Synopsis: Dana, a modern black woman, is celebrating her twenty-sixth birthday with her new husband when she is snatched abruptly from her home in California and transported to the antebellum South. Rufus, the white son of a plantation owner, is drowning, and Dana has been summoned to save him. Dana is drawn back repeatedly through time to the slave quarters, and each time the stay grows longer, more arduous, and more dangerous until it is uncertain whether or not Dana's life will end, long before it has a chance to begin.

"Octavia Butler is a writer who will be with us for a long, long time, and Kindred is that rare magical artifact . . . the novel one returns to, again and again."—Harlan Ellison

"One cannot finish Kindred without feeling changed. It is a shattering work of art with much to say about love, hate, slavery, and racial dilemmas, then and now." —Sam Frank, Los Angeles Herald-Examiner

"In Kindred, Octavia Butler creates a road for the impossible and a balm for the unbearable. It is everything the literature of science fiction can be." —Walter Mosley

We'll meet again at Packard's library room, which is a separate room off of the far right corner of the restaurant, on the first floor; if you don't find it easily, just ask any of the staff for the library room. This room is free to reserve and is a great location for discussion. However, it is expected that those attending will order a meal. Their meals are moderately priced, generally in the $9-12 range. Here's their menu.

*There is a limit of 10 attendees for this event, to make sure everyone has a chance to participate in the discussion and because the room can't comfortably accommodate more than that. Please RSVP before it fills up! And if you have RSVPd but something has come up, please update your RSVP so someone else will have a chance.

I'll consider adding a 2nd meeting on another day if there's enough interest/people on the waitlist.*

Our next 3 books will be:
• February 27: House of Suns by Alastair Reynolds 

• March 27: Tunnel in the Sky by Robert Heinlein

• April 24: Boneshaker by Cherie Priest

If you have any suggestions you can post them here on our message board, or just email me directly.

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  • Ostana

    It was great indeed. My first time with the group, I look forward to the interesting discussion and good company of this group.

    2 · February 1, 2014

    • Jen M

      It was great meeting you. Hope to see you again soon!

      1 · February 1, 2014

  • Ann W.

    Great, as usual!

    1 · January 31, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi all. I have a cold, so in the interest of public health, I'm going to skip out tonight. I hope it's a lively and wonderful discussion. I look forward to attending a future event. :)

    January 30, 2014

    • Jen M

      Get well. Hope to meet you at another event.

      January 31, 2014

  • Becky R

    Hi all. I am cancelling going. have an appointment until at least 645. by the time I drive down and park it would be too late. see you soon

    January 30, 2014

    • Brian A.


      January 30, 2014

    • Jen M

      I understand. No problem.

      January 31, 2014

  • Jessica M.

    Sorry to do this, since it seems like it's already going to be a small meetup tonight, but I had to send one of my staff home sick and I'm working until 7 now, so I won't be able to make it either.:(

    January 30, 2014

    • Jen M

      No problem. See you next time.

      January 31, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Kidney Stones are on the move, to much pain to go out, hopefully next time.

    January 30, 2014

    • Jen M

      Sorry you couldn't make it. Hope you feel better.

      January 31, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Good book.

    January 23, 2014

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