The Butler deeded it

Octavia Butler

Octavia Butler, 2001. Photographer unknown. Octavia E. Butler Papers, The Huntington Library , Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens

On the 10th anniversary of her death, February Beamer author Octavia Butler is receiving quite a bit of attention, courtesy of the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.  Located in San Marino, CA, just east of Pasadena, the Huntington took possession of over 8,000 items from Ms. Butler’s estate, including manuscripts, drafts, revisions, book contracts, speeches, essays, correspondence, notebooks, and copies of her work going back to her first short story, written at age 12.  Open to researchers since May 2014, the Butler archive is one of the busiest in the library, attracting an average of 15 requests a week.

Butler notebook

Butler notebook, with her writer’s credo, mingling personal and social goals, 1988. Octavia E. Butler Papers, The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.

In collaboration with the Huntington, Clockshop, an LA-based art organization, will be conducting a year-long celebration of Ms. Butler, commissioning ten artists and writers to create works inspired by her writing and her life, along with additional talks, performances, and literary events.  The project is entitled “Radio Imagination“, following Ms. Butler’s own comment, “I have the kind of imagination that hears.  I think of it as radio imagination.”

 

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