AUG 26 | 6P CT | REGISTER HERE
OCTAVIA’S BROOD | Walidah Imarisha | BUY HERE
We know that it feels so difficult to navigate the world, right now, and we wanted to create a space to foster discussion about the turbulent times we’re in. Culture Exposure Book Club is an inclusive anti-oppression bookclub, designed in association with The Office Hour Collective. Every month we will pick a book written by someone from a marginalized community—written to express the experience of that person. We will then share a discussion about representation, marginalized communities, and anti-oppression concepts. We will end the night with a Q&A where you can ask the questions that you might be afraid to ask, and a healing conversation about ways to move forward.
BOOK FOR AUGUST
Our first event will be featuring the Short Story collection Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements. You can purchase the book HERE, or at one of our many store locations. Please call your local Barbara’s to confirm whether the book is in stock before heading to the location.
About the Office Hours: We are a transgender-led, BIPOC-led, and all-POC anti-oppression education collective based in Chicago. We bring together our expertise in community organizations, advocacy, psychotherapy, and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to our work.
We approach any work as a collective so that we look at an issue from multiple views through our diverse lenses of intersecting identities. We often invite our clients to explore race, class, gender, ability, and other social identities simultaneously so the clients get a wholesome experience of anti-oppression analysis.
Whenever we envision a world without war, prisons, or capitalism, we are producing speculative fiction. Organizers and activists envision, and try to create, such worlds all the time. Walidah Imarisha and Adrienne Maree Brown have brought 20 of them together in the first anthology of short stories to explore the connections between radical speculative fiction and movements for social change. These visionary tales span genres–sci-fi, fantasy, horror, magical realism—but all are united by an attempt to inject a healthy dose of imagination and innovation into our political practice and to try on new ways of understanding ourselves, the world around us, and all the selves and worlds that could be. Also features essays by Tananarive Due and Mumia Abu-Jamal, and a preface by Sheree Renée Thomas.