Not your run-of-the-mill book club, Bushwick shows offer a special interaction between audiences and musicians, featuring songs inspired by the show’s featured book. For this performance, a lineup of incredible local artists present works based on Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Talents. KEXP’s DJ Riz (Riz Rollins) helps curate the lineup, which includes Reggie Garrett, Nikkita Oliver, Tiffany Wilson, Om Johari, JR Rhodes, Okanomode, Art Lipatan, and JusMoni.
The first science fiction author to receive a MacArthur Fellowship, Seattle’s Octavia Butler brought African-American themes and characters into diverse future worlds. Parable of the Talents is set in a dystopian United States where slavery has resurfaced and militant fundamentalists threaten to drive out all non-Christian faiths. The novel follows Lauren Olamina, a black woman who founds a new faith to teach that “God Is Change” and finds herself the target of dangerous bigots. Lauren is forced to make an impossible choice—sacrifice her child and her community, or forsake the religion that can transform human destiny?
Join us for an evening of original performances by talented local artists, centered on the work of a powerful African American author.
Presented by Town Hall Seattle and The Bushwick Book Club Seattle.