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FW: The Octavia Lab presents special events coming in May and June

  • 1.  FW: The Octavia Lab presents special events coming in May and June

    Posted 05-21-2021 23:05

    Hi, SLA – this Monday, 5/24, BEST Friends is partnering with Skylight Books for another event in conjunction with the release of Hidden Heroes, Historic Places. I attended the first release event and it was SO GOOD. So rich with history and heart, and a complete joy and thrill to hear from the people featured in this book, their family members and local historians. I'm gushing. I hope you can attend – details here:

    There are also links below to a series of events LAPL's Octavia Lab has lined up to celebrate Octavia Butler's birthday, including a collaboration with JPL.

    Events are open to all, please share widely to other individuals and groups you think might be interested.


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    BEST Friends and the Octavia Lab are pleased to announce several upcoming events in May and June.

    On May 24, the Octavia Lab, in partnership with Skylight Books, will host a virtual book talk discussing their Hidden Heroes, Historic Places coloring book. Following that, June will see several events celebrating the birthday of namesake Octavia E. Butler. These events will include two Parable of the Sower presentations, a conversation with author Lynell George, zine making with Sabine Maxine, NASA'S Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) discussing a mountain on Pluto's moon named Butler Mons, and a virtual tour of the awesome Octavia Lab.




    MAY 24, 4:00-5:00 PM



    Back by popular demand! BEST Friends of Los Angeles Public Library, publisher of the Hidden Heroes, Historic Places adult coloring book, together with Skylight Books, will be hosting another performance of our book launch. This event will showcase the ongoing work of the Octavia Lab staff, in partnership with the L.A. Conservancy, which brings to light less-than-well-known heroes and locations in the Los Angeles area. Guests will include family members, organizations, and scholars of the following subjects in the coloring book: Dr. Virginia Uribe, Arnett Hartsfield, Helen Brown, and more!

    Information on this all-new event is available on the LAPL event page.
    This event will stream live on the LAPL Facebook and YouTube channels and will be recorded and made available for later viewing.*

    Hidden Heroes, Historic Places was recently featured on a segment of Spectrum News 1. The book is available for sale at Skylight Books, The Library Store, and To discover more about all of our Hidden Heroes, please see the Octavia Lab Visits Hidden Heroes website. To learn more about the Octavia Lab, visit us here.

    *For ADA accommodations, call (213) 228-7430 at least 72 hours prior to the event.

    *Para ajustes razonables según la ley de ADA, llama al (213) 228-7430 al menos 72 horas antes del evento.






    June may bring summer, but it also brings the month-long birthday celebration of our own Octavia E. Butler. The Octavia Lab has six unique virtual events scheduled, beginning on June 5 and continuing through June 26. Please join us for some or all of the following:

    June 5  –  Parable of the Sower Book Club Chat
    June 12 – JPL & Octavia E. Butler Discussion
    June 18 – Octavia Lab Tour
    June 19 – Make a Zine Celebration of Octavia E. Butler and Juneteenth
    June 25 – In Conversation with Author Lynell George
    June 26 – Parable of the Sower Graphic Novel Creators Presentation
                     in association with Skylight Books

    These virtual events are free and family friendly. Registration is required. Please click below for detailed descriptions and registration information.






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