Octavia Butler's Kindred: A Graphic Novel

PLU community members are welcome to check out a copy of the Common Reading book at the Mortvedt Library.

Friday, September 13th, 2:00-3:30 pm a faculty panel will discuss the Common Reading book as part of the First Year Experience.

Kindred at San Diego Comic-Con 2016

2019 Common Reading Program

The Common Reading Program is an opportunity for new students to engage in an academic experience with the PLU community. During New Student Orientation, incoming students will meet with a faculty member, a New Student Orientation Guide, and their peers to discuss the Common Reading book and learn strategies for academic success at PLU. The 2018 Common Reading book is Octavia Butler’s Kindred A Graphic Novel Adaptationby Damian Duffy and John Jennings.

Throughout her career, Octavia Butler, from whose work the graphic novel is adapted, broke new ground and the boundaries of gender, race, class, and genre.  As a woman and an African American in the realm of science fiction, Butler thrived in a genre typically dominated by white males. As a child, she was diagnosed as dyslexic, but didn’t let that deter her from developing a love of books. Butler started creating her own stories early on, and decided to make writing her life’s work around age 10.

Butler’s most celebrated, critically acclaimed work tells the story of Dana, a young black woman who is suddenly and inexplicably transported from her home in 1970s California to the pre–Civil War South. As she time-travels between worlds, one in which she is a free woman and one where she is part of her own complicated familial history on a southern plantation, she becomes frighteningly entangled in the lives of Rufus, a conflicted white slaveholder and one of Dana’s own ancestors, and the many people who are enslaved by him.

Frightening, compelling, and richly imagined, Kindredoffers an unflinching look at our complicated social history.  This adaptation, by celebrated academics and comics artists Damian Duffy and John Jennings, transforms Kindred into a visually stunning work for a new generation of readers.

Interview with John Jennings and Damian Duffy

Callista Brown Common Reading Lecture

The Callista Brown Common Reading Lecture invites a scholar, author, or artist in late September to speak about the themes in the Common Reading book.

This year’s speaker is Dr. Alison Mandaville, Associate Professor of English at California State University-Fresno

Discussion Guide

Follow the prepared reading and discussion guide for ``Octavia Butler’s Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation`` by Damian Duffy and John Jennings.

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Use these academic strategies for success during the Common Reading Program.

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