MEMORIES OF OCTAVIA BUTLER, Author of Pasadena’s 2006 One City, One Story, Kindred


Christine Reader, Senior Librarian, Adult Services  (626) 744-7076, Catherine Haskett Hany, Communications  (626) 744-4207,


PASADENA, Calif. — Join fellow Pasadenans in celebrating local author Octavia Butler (1947-2006) on Saturday, June 24 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Pasadena Central Library’s Studio on 4th, 285 E. Walnut St.


Inspired by the books she read at Central Library, Butler broke new ground both as a woman and as an African-American in the realm of science fiction. She was a multiple recipient of both the Hugo and Nebula awards and in 1995 she became the first science fiction writer to receive the MacArthur Fellowship, otherwise known as the "Genius Grant."


"Octavia Butler dreamed up our future,” said Gerry Canavan, author of Octavia E. Butler and assistant professor of 20th and 21st Century Literature at Marquette University. “It all started with a young girl reading everything she could from the shelves of a Pasadena public library."


The celebration will kick off with a performance by Lineage Dance followed by readings from Kindred and the sharing of personal memories of Octavia Butler by those who knew her and her work. Presenters include columnist and poet Dr. Gerda Govine-Ituarte; author, professor and executive director of Literature for Life/Locavore Lit Jervey Tervalon; Huntington Library Octavia Butler Archive reader Connie Samarars; award-winning science fiction author Steven Barnes, and L.A.-based journalist and essayist Lynell George. Attendees will also have an opportunity to offer their own personal tributes to Octavia Butler.

While Butler’s first stories featured horses, followed by romance, it was the B movie Devil Girl from Mars (1954) that inspired her to write science fiction. The celebration will conclude with a special screening of this cult classic science fiction film.

For more information, contact Christine Reeder at (626) 744-7076 or

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