A Generation of Writers Influenced by Octavia Butler

May 13, 2020

For Detroit News, Hillel Italie speaks to writers like N.K. Jemisin and Nnedi Okarafor about Octavia Butler’s undeniable influence on a generation of thinkers and artists. “[Butler] seems to have seen the real future coming in a way few other writers did,” says Gerry Caravan, associate professor at Marquette University who is co-editing Butler’s work for the Library of America. “It’s hard not to read the books and think ‘How did she know?’”

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is a writer and illustrator. She is the author of two illustrated books, Last Night's Reading (Penguin Books, 2015) and Sanpaku (Archaia 2018).

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