Mar 13 2017
11:59 am

What: Octavia Butler's Kindred: An Evening Discussion
When: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 6:30pm
Where: East Tennessee History Center auditorium

kindred.jpgKnox County Public Library invites the public to participate in a guided discussion of Kindred by Octavia Butler. Dr. Michelle Commander, University of Tennessee Associate Professor of English and Africana Studies, will facilitate and be joined in the discussion by a panel including Tatia Harris, Andrew Swafford, and Renee Kesler. The event is free. Pizza from the Tomato Head will be available.

In Kindred, a contemporary African-American woman from the 1970s is forced back to 19th century plantation slavery where she meets her ancestors and faces hardships, violence and shocking cultural differences. Published in 1979, Kindred persists as a profoundly relevant story, taught in high school and college classes, and chosen regularly as the title for community book programs.

medium_michelle-commander-web.pngDr. Commander (left) received her Ph.D. in American Studies and Ethnicity from the University of Southern California. She spent the 2012-2013 school year in Accra, Ghana, as a Fulbright Lecturer/Researcher, where she taught at the University of Ghana and completed research.

Harris is TCCRP Grant Manager/Title VI Coordinator, City of Knoxville. Swafford is an English teacher at Fulton High School. Kesler is the Executive Director of Beck Cultural Exchange Center.

Copies of the book are available at the Library. This program is a part of a Books Sandwiched In program series focus on diversity and is presented in partnership with UT's College of Arts and Sciences. Books Sandwiched In is sponsored by the Friends of Knox County Public Library. For more information, call (865) 215-8700 or email


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