February 18: Festival Sundiata, Seattle Center in Seattle, Washington. The Festival runs February 16 - 18, 2007, with the tribute held Sunday, February 18, from 1:45 to 3:15 PM, Seattle Center House, Conference Room H (upstairs, behind the stage). It will include a video by filmmaker Asli Dukan, and a choral reading of Octavia's work. Click here for more information about Festival Sundiata.
February 28 : The Martin Ridge Lecture: Octavia Butler’s Legacy. Friends' Hall, Huntington Library, in San Marino, California (near Pasadena). Wednesday, February 28, 7:30 pm. The late author Octavia Butler left her readers invaluable gifts, not the least of which were her acclaimed science fiction novels. Sandra Govan, professor of English at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte, will discuss Butler’s life and work in a lecture titled “Gifts, Directives, and Gothic Trips: The Legacy of Octavia Butler.” Free.
For more information about the Huntington Library, click here; for Sandra Govan's tribute to Octavia E. Butler, click here.
March 1: Tribute to Octavia E. Butler and a celebration of her work, Thursday, March 1, at 7 PM. Nalo Hopkinson, Vonda N. McIntyre, Nisi Shawl, Jerry Large, Timeca Briggs, and Leslie Howle for a tribute to Octavia's work combined with the reading and signing of Nalo's latest novel, The New Moon's Arms. The evening will be hosted by the Washington Center for the Book, the Central District Forum, the Carl Brandon Society, and Elliott Bay Book Company in the Main Library's Microsoft Auditorium, 1000 Fourth Avenue, Seattle, Washington.
Click here for more information about the Seattle Public Library; see here for more information about the Central District Forum; see here for more information about the Carl Brandon Society; and here for more information about the Elliott Bay Book Company.
See Nalo's web site for more information about Nalo Hopkinson, whose book tour had been planned last year as a joint tour with Octavia to celebrate Nalo's new book, The New Moon's Arms, and the paperback edition of Octavia's last book, Fledgling.
March 3: Tribute to Octavia E. Butler with Nalo Hopkinson and friends. Saturday, March 3, at 6:30 PM, Marcus Books, 3900 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Oakland, California.
March 4: A fundraiser for the Octavia E. Butler Memorial Scholarship to send a writer of color to one of the Clarion writers workshops, featuring Nalo Hopkinson, Jewelle Gomez, and friends. Sunday, March 3, 5-7 PM. The Starry
Plough, 3101 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, CA 510-841-2082 (near Ashby BART station on the Richmond line). For more information, contact: Claire Light (seelight44 @ yahoo dot com).