ICA READS 2017: An artful take on the book club, ICA Reads presents a book of critical and societal importance and an opportunity to gather and meet the author. This year's pick is the graphic novel adaptation of Octavia Butler's KINDRED. On Thursday, May 4, authors Damian Duffy and John Jennings will be at the ICA for a timely, thought-provoking conversation about their work—and influential author Octavia Butler's lasting relevance.
More than 35 years after its release, KINDRED continues to draw in new readers with its deep exploration of the violence and loss of humanity caused by slavery in the United States, and its complex and lasting impact on the present day. Adapted by celebrated academics and comics artists Damian Duffy and John Jennings, this graphic novel powerfully renders Octavia Butler's mysterious and moving story, which spans racial and gender divides in the antebellum South through the 20th century. Held up as an essential work in feminist, science-fiction, and fantasy genres, and a cornerstone of the Afrofuturism movement, there are over 500,000 copies of Kindred in print. The intersectionality of race, history, and the treatment of women addressed within the original work remain critical topics in contemporary dialogue, both in the classroom and in the public sphere.
Frightening, compelling, and richly imagined, Kindred offers an unflinching look at our complicated social history, transformed by the graphic novel format into a visually stunning work for a new generation of readers.
Hardcover. 240 pages.
Measures 7 x 0.9 x 9.9"