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If All 2003: Kindred Calendar of Events

Kindred Calendar of Events

February

Book Discussion of Kindred

Time Travel Film Series: Time After Time (1979 by Nicholas Meyer)

  • Monday February 17, 7 pm
  • In the Verb Café at W&B
  • Free and Open to the Public
  • Popcorn, soft drinks and coffee available for purchase

Panel Discussion of Kindred

  • Tuesday February 18, 12:15-1:30 pm
  • Wilson Formal Lounge at St. John Fisher College, 3690 East Ave [ map ]
  • Free and Open to the Public
  • For information call (585) 385-8150

Book-group Discussion of Kindred

  • Tuesday February 18, 7 pm
  • Greenwood Books, 123 East Ave [ map ]
  • Free and Open to the Public

African American Heritage Film Series: The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (1974 by John Korty)

  • Wednesday February 19, 6:30 pm
  • In the Verb Café at W&B
  • Free and Open to the Public
  • Popcorn, soft drinks and coffee available for purchase

Book-group Discussion of Kindred

  • Thursday February 20, 7:30 pm
  • Lift Bridge Books, 45 Main St, Brockport [ map ]
  • Free and Open to the Public

William Wells BrownPerformance: Narrative of William W. Brown, A Fugitive Slave with Discussion to follow

  • Saturday February 22, 2-3 pm
  • In the Verb Café at W&B
  • $5 W&B members; $7 non-members; $2 children under 12
  • Appropriate for families
  • Sponsored by the Genesee Country Village & Museum
  • For information call (585) 538-6822 x242

Witness an 1841 encounter between escaped slave and abolitionist William Wells Brown and a printer sympathetic to his cause. Acting in first person, the pair discusses whether the printer will take on the publishing of Brown’s memoirs. Performance by two actors followed by discussion.

Panel Discussion: “When Fiction Authors Rewrite History”

  • Monday February 24, 7:30 pm
  • In the Verb Café at W&B
  • with Andrea Barrett [ bio ], Miriam Grace Monfredo [ bio ] and Patricia Ryan [ bio ]
  • Free for W&B members; $3 non-members

Learn how three authors have fused fiction and history to write major award-winning novels.

Book Discussion of Kindred with Words on Women book group

  • Tuesday February 25, 7 pm
  • Barnes & Noble, 330 Greece Ridge Center [ map ]
  • Free and Open to the Public

Book-group Discussion of Kindred

Lecture: “Notes Toward a History of African Americans in Science Fiction”

  • Wednesday February 26, 7 pm
  • In the Verb Café at W&B
  • with Jeffrey A. Tucker [ bio ] of University of Rochester
  • Free and Open to the Public

This lecture addresses the difference race has made in the history of science fiction (SF) both as subject matter and as a shaping force on the genre’s production; moreover, it contends that “African American Science Fiction” is not an oxymoron. Topics include definitions of SF, black absences and interventions in the genre, and the works of writers such as Octavia Butler, Samuel R. Delany, Nalo Hopkinson and others.

Book Discussion of Kindred with Titles Over Tea book group

  • Wednesday February 26, 7 pm
  • Barnes & Noble, 330 Greece Ridge Center [ map ]
  • Free and Open to the Public

Octavia Butler talks live with host Bob Smith and local callers on 1370 Connection

  • Friday February 28, Noon-1pm
  • WXXI Radio—1370 AM

Reading, Book Signing and Discussion with Robert J. Sawyer

  • Friday February 28, 7:30 pm
  • In the Verb Café at W&B
  • Free and open to the public

Robert J. Sawyer will read from his newly published novel Humans, the second book in his Neanderthal Parallax trilogy. He will also talk about writing, answer questions, and sign books.

Robert J. Sawyer is the author of fifteen science fiction novels, including the Hugo-Award finalists Starplex, Factoring Humanity, and Calculating God, and his Nebula-Award winning science fiction thriller The Terminal Experiment.

He is on the creative writing faculties of the University of Toronto and the Banff Centre for the Arts, and he is a much-in-demand speaker all over the world, having lectured in and accepted awards from the United States, Canada, Spain, and Japan, just to name a few.

Kindred Calendar of Events

March (See also: Events with Octavia Butler)

A Workshop in Time Travel with Robert J. Sawyer

  • Saturday March 1, Noon–2 pm
  • In the Verb Café at W&B
  • $15 for W&B members, $20 for non-members.

Time travel lets your characters see themselves at different points in their lives, allows them to meet their distant ancestors or far-future descendants, and lets them visit—and even change—the great moments of history.

From its classic use in H. G. Wells’ The Time Machine, through the heart-wrenching experiences of Dana and Kevin in Octavia Butler’s Kindred, Robert J. Sawyer will take you on a literary tour of time travel and point out the potentials and pitfalls of this most powerful of literary devices.

Robert J. Sawyer is the author of fifteen science fiction novels, including the Hugo-Award finalists Starplex, Factoring Humanity, and Calculating God, and his Nebula-Award winning science fiction thriller The Terminal Experiment.

He is on the creative writing faculties of the University of Toronto and the Banff Centre for the Arts, and he is a much-in-demand speaker all over the world, having lectured in and accepted awards from the United States, Canada, Spain, and Japan, just to name a few.

Visual Art Exhibition Opening

  • Saturday March 1, 2-4 pm, continues through March 15th
  • Mood Makers Books, Village Gate Square, 274 N Goodman St [ map ]
  • Free and Open to the Public

The Rochester Contemporary is hosting a juried exhibition of visual art created in response to the novel Kindred by Octavia Butler. Sponsored by Writers & Books.

Tuesday March 4—Friday March 7
Meet Octavia Butler

See: Meet the Author: Events with Octavia Butler

Lecture: “What’s Up” by Debora McDell, speaking on the painting by African American artist Hale Woodruff titled Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln

  • Thursday March 6, 5:30 pm
    repeated on Sunday March 9, 1 pm
  • Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Ave [ map ]
  • Free with gallery admission
  • Call (585) 473-7720 for information

Douglass was a strong proponent of the Emancipation Proclamation, and was known to have urged Lincoln to sign the document that set in motion the liberation of the enslaved African American population.

Woodruff studied mural painting with Diego Rivera in Mexico and is known for his colorful, expressionistic style. Few murals were awarded to African American artists and fewer depicted African American history.

Debora McDell is the Coordinator of Community Programs and Outreach Initiatives at the Memorial Art Gallery

Workshop: “The Kindred Soul in All of Us: Writing Your Family’s Genealogy”

  • Monday March 10, 7-9 pm
  • In the Verb Café at W&B
  • with Rochester City Historian Ruth Rosenberg-Naparsteck [ bio ]
  • $15 W&B members; $20 non-members

Whether Kindred is fantasy or science fiction, one essential idea is that those who lived before us influence our lives and that we knowingly or otherwise reach for their counsel.

We all can learn to sharpen our sensitivities and become more aware of those “kindred” influences at work in our own lives. It is a voyage of self-discovery, of writing down for safe-keeping what we have learned about ourselves, and of making connections between our lives and those who lived before us.

  • What influences will we have on future generations?
  • Living right now gives us the opportunity to shape future history as it is written and to alter the legacy of past generations… our only real influence on the past?

This workshop will include discussion of Kindred, instruction and dialogue about writing genealogy and hand-outs to help launch workshop attendants in making their own connections.

Book Discussion of Kindred

Book-group Discussion of Kindred with the Mood Makers Book Club

  • Thursday March 13, 6 pm
  • Mood Makers Books, Village Gate Square, 274 N Goodman St [ map ]
  • Free and Open to the Public

African American Heritage Film Series: A Raisin in the Sun (1961 by Daniel Petrie)

  • Thursday March 20, 7 pm
  • In the Verb Café at W&B
  • Free and Open to the Public
  • Popcorn, soft drinks and coffee available for purchase

Valley Manor Senior Book Club Discussion

  • Friday March 21, 10-11am
  • Valley Manor, 1570 East Ave [ map ]
  • Free and Open to the Public

Host Norm Davis leads an informal book discussion of Kindred in the comfortable surroundings of the Valley Manor Tea Room.

Time Travel Film Series: Back to the Future Marathon: I (1985); II (1989); and III (1990) by Robert Zemeckis

  • Sunday March 23, Noon-6 pm
  • In the Verb Café at W&B
  • Free and Open to the Public
  • Popcorn, soft drinks and coffee available for purchase

All three Back to the Future films shown back-to-back. Pizza available for purchase between films II and III.

Book Discussion of Kindred

  • Monday March 24, 7 pm
  • In the Verb Café at W&B
  • Free and Open to the Public

Time Travel Film Series: Time Bandits (1981 by Terry Gilliam)

  • Tuesday March 25, 7 pm
  • In the Verb Café at W&B
  • Free and Open to the Public
  • Popcorn, soft drinks and coffee available for purchase

Exhibition: “Through These Eyes: An African American Perspective”

This exhibition explores photographic views of African Americans from the era of daguerreotypes to the last century. The exhibition includes photographs of such notable figures as Auburn, NY resident, Harriet Tubman. [ Harriet Tubman Home ]

Screenplay Salon: Jack Garner presents Do the Right Thing (1989 written and directed by Spike Lee)

  • Thursday March 27, 6-9 pm
  • In the Verb Café at W&B
  • Free for Screenplay Salon club members, $10 W&B members, $12 non-members
  • Popcorn, soft drinks and coffee available for purchase

Do The Right Thing is being screened as part of Writers & Books’ “Screenplay Salon” series. Every third or fourth Thursday of the month Salon members meet with Gannett critic Jack Garner to view and discuss a selected film and its textual origins. For more information visit Screenplay Salon or call (585) 473-2590 x104

African American Heritage Film Series: Sounder (1972 by Martin Ritt)

  • Monday March 31, 7 pm
  • In the Verb Café at W&B
  • Free and Open to the Public
  • Popcorn, soft drinks and coffee available for purchase

 

Meet the Author:
Events with Octavia Butler

Win a First Edition!

Win a first edition hardbound copy of Kindred, or a first edition hardbound copy of Wild Seed. Raffle tickets are $3 each and are available at Writers & Books and will be available at all of Ms. Butler’s appearances below. The drawing will take place at the reception on the evening of March 7.

Tuesday March 4

Octavia Butler presents her novel Kindred, followed by Q&A and book signing

  • 3 pm
  • Schults Center, Nazareth College Forum, 4245 East Ave [ map ]
  • Free, reservations required Call (585) 389-2073

Octavia Butler presents her novel Kindred, followed by Q&A and book signing

Wednesday March 5

Octavia Butler presents her novel Kindred, followed by Q&A with student reporter

Roundtable discussion for writers with Octavia Butler

  • 10:15-11:15 am
  • Wood Library, 134 N Main St, Canandaigua [ map ]
  • Free, reservations required. Call (585) 394-1381

Octavia Butler presents her novel Kindred, followed by Q&A with student reporter

Octavia Butler presents her novel Kindred, followed by Q&A and book signing

  • 7:30 pm
  • Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Rd, Penfield [ map ]
  • Free, reservations required Call (585) 340-8720

Thursday March 6

Master Class with Octavia Butler focusing on issues surrounding various narrative structures and devices

  • Noon-1 pm
  • In the Verb Café at W&B
  • $20 W&B members; $25 non-members
  • Call (585) 473-2590 x107 for reservations

Octavia Butler presents her novel Kindred, followed by Q&A and book signing

  • 2:30-3:30 pm
  • Valley Manor, 1570 East Ave [ map ]
  • Free, seating limited, reservations required. Call (585) 770-1954

“From Woe to Wonder”: Octavia Butler speaks about the inspirations, research and writing of Kindred, followed by Q&A and book signing

Friday March 7

Interview with Octavia Butler, followed by book signing

  • 10-11 am
  • Monroe Community College Theater (Building 4), 1000 East Henrietta Rd [ map ]
  • Free, reservations required. Call (585) 292-2534
  • Interpreted for the hearing impaired

Octavia Butler presents her novel Kindred, followed by Q&A and book signing

An Intimate Evening with Octavia Butler:
Reception for W&B members

  • 8 pm
  • In the Verb Café at W&B
  • $15 Members only, reservations required. Call (585) 473-2590, x107

April

Exhibition: “Through These Eyes: An African American Perspective”

This exhibition explores photographic views of African Americans from the era of daguerreotypes to the last century. The exhibition includes photographs of such notable figures as Auburn, NY resident, Harriet Tubman. [ Harriet Tubman Home ]

Roundtable Discussion of Kindred

  • Thursday April 3, 6:30 pm
  • Mood Makers Books, Village Gate Square, 274 N Goodman St [ map ]
  • Free and Open to the Public

Time Travel in Literature (A W&B Course)

  • SA3-R17
  • Instructor: Steve Carper [ bio ]
  • Six alternating Tuesdays 4-6 pm, beginning Tuesday April 8
  • $110 General Public/10% discount for W&B Members
  • Limit: 25

The past fascinates us, haunts us, and makes us what we are today, giving us an irresistible urge to want to meddle with it.

  • What would you do with a time machine?
  • See the most famous events in history, live your life over again?
  • But can we change the past without also changing who we are?

We’ll take a look at some of the ways writers have dealt with the thorny issue of time travel by reading five provocative and satiric novels that will befuddle, enrage and enthrall you—all in due time.

Poets Respond to Kindred: A Reading and Publication Party

  • Thursday April 17, 7 pm
  • In the Verb Café at W&B
  • Free and Open to the Public

In celebration of National Poetry Month in April, Writers & Books is publishing a chapbook of poetry from local readers created in response to Octavia Butler’s novel Kindred. The chapbook will include works by writers, readers, community members and students participating in this community reading program.

Join us at this publication party and hear poets read from their original work and to purchase the chapbook.

Poets: For submission guidelines, see Poets Call for Work.

Time Travel Film Series: 12 Monkeys (1995 by Terry Gilliam), preceded by La Jetée (1962 by Chris Marker)

  • Monday April 21, 6:30 pm
  • In the Verb Café at W&B
  • Free and Open to the Public
  • Popcorn, soft drinks and coffee available for purchase

African American Heritage Film Series: Daughters of the Dust (1992 by Julie Dash)

  • Tuesday April 22, 7 pm
  • In the Verb Café at W&B
  • Free and Open to the Public
  • Popcorn, soft drinks and coffee available for purchase

“River Stroll” tour of Underground Railroad and Frederick Douglass Historical Sites

  • Saturday April 26, 1-3:30 pm
  • Offered by AKWAABA: The Heritage Associates, Inc.
  • Various locations in Rochester
  • $20/person

Join us for a walking and bus tour of local Underground Railroad and Frederick Douglass historical sites. The tour includes reenactments of historical events and lasts approximately 2½ hours. Appropriate for families.

For reservations and information call (585) 482-5192 by Saturday, April 12 or send payment to AKWAABA, c/o 181 Royleston Rd, Rochester, NY 14609-6705.