Playbook of the Sower: Octavia E. Butler as a Guide for World-Building

deadline for submissions: 
February 24, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens

President's SeriesPlaybook of the Sower: Octavia E. Butler as a Guide for World-Building

Wed., May 27

The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens

San Marino, CA

This day-long program invites literary engagement, imaginative play, and sociopolitical praxis sparked by Octavia E. Butler's archive. This is the third part of the Octavia E. Butler and Adaptation series of the Centennial President's Series events.


Approximately 8:30 a.m.–2 p.m., including continental breakfast and lunch
By application only

EXTENDED DEADLINE: 11:59 pm PST, Monday, Feb. 24

Notification of acceptance: Early March

On the Bus with Butler & Playbook of the Sower Planning
Facilitated by Claudia Peña, Ayana A.H. Jamieson, and Ruha Benjamin

Inspired by Butler’s own bus rides, the workshop begins with a two-hour bus journey around Pasadena where participants are invited to think, feel, and create on the move by reading passages from Butler’s journals, journaling, and reflecting together on how the process of movement shapes other areas of work and life. Participants will meet at The Huntington, board a waiting bus, and then return to The Huntington where they will finish the morning in a collaborative session exploring what it looks like to learn from Butler as method before enjoying a light lunch. 

Selection Criteria
We aim to create a lively and diverse group with respect to personal identity, life experience, and professional and creative orientation. Preference will be given to those already familiar with Octavia E. Butler and committed to addressing the issues raised in different arenas of work and practice. All workshop participants are also invited to participate as active collaborators in both afternoon sessions.

The workshop is free to accepted participants. Continental breakfast, lunch, workshop materials, and admission to the gardens and galleries provided to all participants. Any travel and lodging is the responsibility of participants. A list of local hotels and other travel information provided upon request.


For more information about this workshop or the public afternoon sessions, please visit the program page at