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Open Minds Book Series

This guides contains supplemental information to assist participants learn more about the texts of the Open Mind Book Series, a program of Rockhurst University's Center for Arts and Letters.

Octavia E. Butler (Author of Parable of the Sower)

File:Butler signing.jpgOctavia E. Butler (1947-2006) was an award-winning author of science fiction novels and short fiction. Born in Pasadena, California, to a shoe shine father and maid mother, Butler began writing stories at 10 years old. Butler later received an Associate of Arts from Pasadena City College in 1968 and attended California State University, Los Angeles and the University of California, Los Angeles. Butler's fourth novel (Kindred) was published in 1979, and became the author's breakthrough book. In 1993, Butler wrote the Parable of the Sower, a science fiction novel that addresses social inequalities and climate change, which was followed by Parable of the Talents in 1998. In addition to receiving Hugo and Nebula Awards for writing, Butler became the first science fiction writer to receive a MacArthur Fellowship in 1995. In 1999, the author moved from California to Seattle, Washington. Butler died in 2006 at 58, following a fall. 

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