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Octavia E. Butler, BVC, and Bloodchild

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Octavia Butler has long been my favorite writer of any genre.  I was thrilled to the bone years ago when I got the chance to interview her in person for Marion Zimmer Bradley's Fantasy Magazine, and I was devastated when I learned of her too-early death.  Now Book View Cafe, the Carl Brandon Society, and Nisi Shawl (a dear friend of mine) are teaming up in her honor, and I'm proud to be in the same group.  Here's the official information:

Book View Café is pleased to join the Carl Brandon Society in publishing Bloodchilden: Stories by the Octavia E. Butler Scholars.

Every year, the Carl Brandon Society, whose goal is to increase diversity in the field of science fiction,presents scholarships to two students of color accepted to the prestigious Clarion and Clarion West writers’ workshops. The scholarships, named in honor of the brilliant African-American writer Octavia Butler, pay workshop tuition and housing fees for the recipients.

Edited by Nisi Shawl, Bloodchildren includes an introduction by Nalo Hopkinson and a memoir by Vonda N. McIntyre of her friendship with Octavia Butler, which began when they were students together at the Clarion Workshop in 1970.

The collection includes ground-breaking stories by Indrapramit Das,Shweta Narayan, Caren Gussoff, Rochita Loenen-Ruiz, Lisa Bolekaja, Chris Caldwell, Jeremy Sim, Erik Owomoyela, Dennis Y. Ginoza, Mary Burroughs,and Kai Ashante Wilson.

For more information about Bloodchildren, please visit the Book View Café Ebookstore.