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Overdue Podcast: Parable of the Sower

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Fall 2016 book Choice:  Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler

The Parable of the Sower

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You choose:  Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler

Parable of the Sower

Octavia E. Butler, the grande dame of science fiction, writes inspirational stories of ordinary people. Parable of the Sower is a hopeful tale set in a dystopian future United States of walled cities, disease, fires, and madness. Lauren Olamina is an 18-year-old woman with hyperempathy syndrome--if she sees another in pain, she feels their pain as acutely as if it were real. When her relatively safe neighborhood enclave is inevitably destroyed, along with her family and dreams for the future, Lauren grabs a backpack full of supplies and begins a journey north.

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Genres:  Dystopian fiction; Science fiction; Science fiction classics; Social science fiction  


Question of the Week

Weekly Questions:

Which of the following would make a good campsite?

  • An Open Field (0 votes)
  • Have a bonfire to keep wild animals away (3 votes)
  • On top of a hill (2 votes)
  • A low-lying area (2 votes)
  • Near a lake or river with a solid wall to your back (9 votes)
  • In a forest (9 votes)

Lauren... What do you think?  

  • Insightful (8)
  • brave (3)
  • a dreamer (2)
  • wise beyond her years (2) 
  • One vote for delusional too :)

Which of the following book topics do you find most interesting in relation to our world in 2016?

  •  Winner:  World Climate (6)
  • Politics/Democracy (2)
  • Space Travel (1)

Which survival pack would you choose?

  • 5 votes:  Bag A: Fire proof tent, water purifying tablets, can opener, $300, a journal & pens, several dehydrated meals.
  • 3 votes:  Bag C:  seeds for growing, sunscreen, dried fruit and nuts, gun and ammo, a book on foraging.
  • 2 votes:  Bag B:  extra pair of socks, chocolate bars, radio&batteries, matches, knife, warm jacket, maps of where you are planning on going. 

Do you think a gated & walled community:  creates complacency and denial: 8 votes (100%)

Will you read the book with us?  9-Yes, 10-Perhaps 0-No

Fall 2016 Book Club Meeting Dates & Times

Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler


Chapters 1-9:  

  • Tuesday, 10/25/16 at 9 am & 2pm
  • Wednesday, 10/26/16 at 9 am & 2pm

Chapters 10-16:  

  • Tuesday, 11/8/16 at 9am & 2pm
  • Wednesday, 11/9/16 at 9am & 2pm

Chapters 17-25:  

  • Tuesday, 11/29/16 at 9am & 2pm
  • Wednesday, 11/30/16 at 9am & 2pm


Where:  Truax Library's Creator Studio, room B3211