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For our June book discussion we'll be reading Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler, and we'll meet to talk about it on Thursday, June 27. CLICK HERE ( http://www.meetup.com/4scifi/pages/Sci-fi_book_discussion_group_reading_schedule/ ) for a list of all the books we'll be reading in 2019! Synopsis: When global climate change and economic crises lead to social chaos in the early 2020s, California becomes full of dangers, from pervasive water shortage to masses of vagabonds who will do anything to live to see another day. Fifteen-year-old Lauren Olamina lives inside a gated community with her preacher father, family, and neighbors, sheltered from the surrounding anarchy. In a society where any vulnerability is a risk, she suffers from hyperempathy, a debilitating sensitivity to others' emotions. Precocious and clear-eyed, Lauren must make her voice heard in order to protect her loved ones from the imminent disasters her small community stubbornly ignores. But what begins as a fight for survival soon leads to something much more: the birth of a new faith . . . and a startling vision of human destiny. Author bio: OCTAVIA E. BUTLER was a renowned African-American writer who received a MacArthur "Genius" Grant and PEN West Lifetime Achievement Award for her body of work. She was the author of several award-winning novels including Parable of the Talents, which won the Nebula for Best Novel. Acclaimed for her lean prose, strong protagonists, and social observations in stories that range from the distant past to the far future, sales of her books have increased enormously since her death as the issues she addressed in her Afrofuturistic, feminist novels and short fiction have only become more relevant. She passed away on February 24, 2006. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ We will be meeting at Packard's, which is located at 14 Masonic St in Northampton, in the Library Room. Just go past the bar into the restaurant area and head to your right; 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. It is expected that those attending will order a meal. There is a limit of 12 attendees for this event, to make sure everyone has a chance to participate in the discussion. Please RSVP before it fills up! If you have RSVPd but something has come up, please update your RSVP so someone else will have a chance. If you have suggestions for future discussion group selections you can send me suggestions by contacting me here (http://www.meetup.com/4scifi/members/54187482/). Follow us on Facebook: http://www.Facebook.com/4SciFi.