April Book Club

Cover image of Bloodchild and Other Stories, by Octavia ButlerFans of Octavia Butler will know she rarely writes short stories. This, her only book of short stories, is slim and includes only five short works of fiction (seven and two short essays, if you’re reading the second edition). The book begins with her most well-known short story, Bloodchild, winner of an award for best novelette from the Science Fiction Chronicle, and winner of the Hugo, Nebula and Locus Awards. It also includes Speech Sounds, winner of the 1984 Hugo Award for best short story. The book itself was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Not bad for an author who has openly declared she hates to write short stories.

The Mt. Pleasant Library Book Club meets the first Monday of every month at 7 p.m. at La Casa, located right next door to the interim library. For more information, contact Ana Elisa de Campos Salles at anaelisa.decampossalles@dc.gov.