Book Discussion


Social Justice Reading Circle


April 10, 2024

Join us each month for our Social Justice Reading Circle. The 2nd Wednesday of each month we will have a book club-style meetup to discuss a book that relates to social justice across a range of topics and genres. Our selections will include our Stowe Prize shortlist, fiction, and non-fiction works to explore the many ways that writers engage social justice issues. We invite you to meet for refreshments, reading, and lively conversation.


April 10th

6:00 – 7:00 pm

Stowe Center, Day House

Light refreshments provided


Our April selection is Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler:

Octavia Butler’s classic speculative fiction novel, Parable of the Sower, follows the highly sensitive Lauren Olamina, who lives a sheltered life inside of a gated community, protected from the social chaos caused by climate crisis and subsequent economic crash. In a society where any vulnerability is a risk, Butler’s work is a powerful statement on our relationship to the environment and shared humanity.


“Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower is a stunner. It’s a terrifying vision of a dismal future brought on by the willful ignorance, racism and greed of human beings, and an eerily dangerous parallel to our present path. Ms. Butler gives us a satisfying protagonist in the hypersensitive teenager Lauren, whose courage and wits are an infinite source of inspiration.”

Flea, Wall Street Journal


Published In 2000





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  • Hartford Public Library
  • Libby app (available with any library membership)
  • Hoopla (available with any library membership)
Location Stowe Center, Day House
Doors Open 5:45 pm
Program 6:00 - 7:00 pm
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