Loyal Blues Book Club with Evviva

  • Evviva Weintraub Lajoie, Vice Provost for University Libraries.

    Evviva Weintraub Lajoie, Vice Provost for University Libraries

    Evviva Weinraub Lajoie, Vice Provost for University Libraries hosts our virtual book club exclusively for Loyal Blues.

    You’ll have the opportunity to connect with alumni and friends from around the country, all while having an expert educator guide you through several books annually.

    Our Spring Book

    Kindred by Octavia E. Butler explores the dynamics and dilemmas of antebellum slavery from the sensibility of a late 20th-century black woman, who is aware of its legacy in contemporary American society. Through the lens of what she referred to as a "grim fantasy" the novel explores the intersection of power, gender, and race.

    Octavia E. Butler was an American science fiction writer, one of the best-known among the few African-American women in the field. She won both Hugo and Nebula awards. In 1995, she became the first science fiction writer to receive the MacArthur Foundation "Genius" Grant.

    I am so pleased to be sharing this important novel with you.


    How it works

    There is no cost to participate. Simply purchase a copy of the book and sign up below to receive emails. This title is available as an audiobook, though a variety of vendors as an eBook, and also through the Public Library through Overdrive. If you have trouble finding a copy, just let us know.

    Once you've signed up, you will receive periodic emails to guide you through the reading period, which will run from April 20 until May 18. You can also join our Facebook Forum to discuss the book and post questions. We'll conclude with an interactive online discussion with Evviva on May 18. We will be sharing additional lecture information here throughout the reading period.

    Lecture Schedule

    See below for a list of our virtual book club events.

    Discussion Questions

    • Additional Resources

Suggest a Book

Have a book that you think might be interesting for the book club to read? Drop us a note and we'll add it to our list of recommendations.