A Handful of Earth, A Handful of Sky by Lynell George audiobook

A Handful of Earth, A Handful of Sky: The World of Octavia Butler

By Lynell George
Read by Adenrele Ojo

Random House Audio
4.25 Hours 1
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    ISBN: 9780593458617

A Handful of Earth, A Handful of Sky: The World of Octavia E. Butler offers a blueprint for a creative life from the perspective of award-winning science-fiction writer and “MacArthur Genius” Octavia E. Butler. It is a collection of ideas about how to look, listen, breathe — how to be in the world.  This audiobook is about the creative process. Author Lynell George not only engages the world that shaped Octavia E. Butler, she also explores the very specific processes through which Butler shaped herself-her unique process of self-making. It’s about creating a life with what little you have — hand-me-down books, repurposed diaries, journals, stealing time to write in the middle of the night, making a small check stretch — bit by bit by bit. A Handful of Earth, A Handful of Sky draws the listener into Butler’s world, creating a sense of unmatched intimacy with the deeply private writer. There’s a great resurgence of interest in Butler’s work. Readers have been turning to her writing to make sense of contemporary chaos, to find a plot point that might bring clarity or calm. Her books have become the centerpiece of book-group discussions, while universities and entire cities have chosen her titles to anchor “Big Read,” “Freshman Read,” and “One Book/One City” programs. The interest has gone beyond the printed page; Ava DuVernay is adapting Butler’s novel Dawn for television. A Handful of Earth, A Handful of Sky brings Octavia’s prescient wisdom and careful thinking out of the novel and into the world. A Handful of Earth, A Handful of Sky will be beloved by both scholars and fans of Butler, as well as aspiring writers and creatives who are looking for a model or a spark of inspiration. It offers a survey of a creative life — a map that others can follow. Butler once wrote that science fiction was simply “a handful of earth, a handful of sky, and everything in between.” This audiobook offers a slice of the in between.

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Summary

Summary

A Handful of Earth, A Handful of Sky: The World of Octavia E. Butler offers a blueprint for a creative life from the perspective of award-winning science-fiction writer and “MacArthur Genius” Octavia E. Butler. It is a collection of ideas about how to look, listen, breathe — how to be in the world.  This audiobook is about the creative process. Author Lynell George not only engages the world that shaped Octavia E. Butler, she also explores the very specific processes through which Butler shaped herself-her unique process of self-making. It’s about creating a life with what little you have — hand-me-down books, repurposed diaries, journals, stealing time to write in the middle of the night, making a small check stretch — bit by bit by bit. A Handful of Earth, A Handful of Sky draws the listener into Butler’s world, creating a sense of unmatched intimacy with the deeply private writer. There’s a great resurgence of interest in Butler’s work. Readers have been turning to her writing to make sense of contemporary chaos, to find a plot point that might bring clarity or calm. Her books have become the centerpiece of book-group discussions, while universities and entire cities have chosen her titles to anchor “Big Read,” “Freshman Read,” and “One Book/One City” programs. The interest has gone beyond the printed page; Ava DuVernay is adapting Butler’s novel Dawn for television. A Handful of Earth, A Handful of Sky brings Octavia’s prescient wisdom and careful thinking out of the novel and into the world. A Handful of Earth, A Handful of Sky will be beloved by both scholars and fans of Butler, as well as aspiring writers and creatives who are looking for a model or a spark of inspiration. It offers a survey of a creative life — a map that others can follow. Butler once wrote that science fiction was simply “a handful of earth, a handful of sky, and everything in between.” This audiobook offers a slice of the in between.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Adenrele Ojo is full of personality in her narration. She captures the way Butler announces who she will become in the world and how she will get there. The poignant questions Ojo verbalizes throughout this work provide insightful ways of understanding Butler’s thought processes..Like George’s writing, Ojo’s delivery is profound and vivid.” AudioFile
“George’s book exists to motivate readers to maximize their potential…It’s the kind of book Butler would have cherished, a template for regaining confidence and focus when things look particularly bleak.” Harper’s
“George has done aspiring writers an immense service by making the road map and method contained in Butter’s papers accessible through this beautiful  book.” Harvard Review

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Author Bio: Lynell George

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 4.25
Audience: Adult
Language: English