HSU Book of the Year

Parable of the Sower

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HSU and CR Choose 2008-09 “Book of the Year”

April 14, 2008 By: admin Category: Events No Comments →

Humboldt State University and the College of the Redwoods have chosen Octavia Butler’s futuristic Parable of the Sower for common reading and discussion. Themes of dystopia/utopia, social and economic problems, climate change, and heroic journey combine in this rich novel. From Barnes & Noble:

“The time is 2025. The place is California, where small walled communities must protect themselves from hordes of desperate scavengers and roaming bands of ‘Paints,’ people addicted to a drug that activates an orgasmic desire to burn, rape and murder. When one small community is overrun, Lauren Olamina, an 18 year old black woman, sets off on foot, moving north along the dangerous coastal highways. She is a ‘sharer,’ one who suffers from a hereditary trait called ‘hyperempathy,’ which causes her to feel others’ pain as well as her own. Parable of the Sower is both a coming of age novel and a road novel, set in the near future, when the dying embers of our old civilization can either cool or be the catalyst for something new.”

From the Times-Standard, March 28, 2008 -

HSU and CR Pick “Book of the Year”

  • Events

    August 27 - ENGL 480 Book Club Class Begins.
    Join campus book lovers to read the HSU/CR choice for Book of the Year in a Book Club format.
  • CR/HSU Book of the Year Celebration

    November 6, 2008 Nalo Hopkinson Speaks in HSU Library Lobby, 7-9 PM