This program is part of our 2021 Winter Read of Octavia E. Butler’s 1979 novel Kindred.
As part of the Winter Read series, join us for a virtual conversation with award-winning author Lynell George about her new book, A Handful of Earth, A Handful of Sky: The World of Octavia E. Butler. George will be in conversation with Jenny Emery Davidson, the Library’s executive director about Butler’s creative life and private world, and why we look to her work to make sense of contemporary chaos.
Lynell George is a journalist and essayist. After/Image: Los Angeles Outside the Frame was her first book of essays and photography, exploring the city where she grew up. As a staff writer for both the Los Angeles Times and L.A. Weekly, she focused on social issues, human behavior, visual arts, music, and literature. She taught journalism at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, in 2013 was named a USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Fellow, and in 2017 received the Huntington Library’s Alan Jutzi Fellowship for her studies of California writer Octavia E. Butler. A contributing arts-and-culture columnist for KCET | Artbound, her commentary has also been featured in numerous news and feature outlets including Boom: A Journal of California, Smithsonian, KPCC’s The Frame, Los Angeles Review of Books, Vibe, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, Essence, Black Clock, and Ms. Her liner notes for Otis Redding Live at the Whisky a Go Go earned a 2017 GRAMMY award.
A Handful of Earth, A Handful of Sky is available through Angel City Press or at local book stores.