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Octavia E. Butler’s 1979 masterpiece, Kindred, ties the fate of Dana, black writer from the Californian 1970s to her white, slave-owning ancestor in antebellum Maryland. In 2017, this time-travel epic was adapted by illustrator John Jennings and writer Damian Duffy into a stunning graphic novel, one that’s already become a New York Times bestseller. Brooklyn Magazine spoke with both about their experiences with this classic of historical and science fiction. How did you become involved...
There’s no better time to be a book nerd in Brooklyn than September, when the annual blockbuster Brooklyn Book Festival takes over town. With a week’s worth of offsite “Bookend” events and a full day of free panels, readings, discussions, as well as a bustling book fair, if anything there is too much to take in. Let us guide you through the busy, and sometimes bewildering, field of parties and panels. Secure your bookmarks...
On a wall at the Iyapo Repository, tucked behind a cerulean body suit, reminiscent of the precious, shimmering scales of The Rainbow Fish, hangs a 22” x 28” purple ombre poster that reads, “Where are all the black people in science fiction?” The question, like the twitter hashtag #OscarsSoWhite, alludes to the lack of, disregard for, and even erasure of black lives in pop culture, save for one-dimensional sassy sidekicks, budding sports athlete tropes, or stories...

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