Opening Pandora’s Box: The Octavia E. Butler Papers at The Huntington Library
Octavia E. Butler was the first female African-American writer to make science fiction her career. A shy, only child from Pasadena, California, she dreamed of ordinary people in extraordinary worlds, and extraordinary people in ordinary worlds, and put them on the page. Her stories brought the voice of woman of color to a genre traditionally dominated by white men. That powerful voice tackled issues, not just about race, but themes that continue to resonate with a wide audience: power, identity, gender, class, the environment, and what it means to be human. Her vast archive, bequeathed to The Huntington Library, offers unique insights into this fascinating author.
Hosted by Natalie Russell
Natalie Russell is the Assistant Curator of Literary Collections at The Huntington Library, and curator of the recent exhibition “Octavia E. Butler: Telling My Stories.” She has been at The Huntington for 12 years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Cinema-Television Production from the University of Southern California and a Masters of Library and Information Science from San Jose State University. She is a native Californian, and a member of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses.