Meets: Wednesdays from 6 to 7:30pm
All Meeting Dates: 7/31, 8/7, 8/14, 8/21, 8/28, 9/4
Location: 15 Lafayette Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11217
Your instructor will contact you via email in advance of the class.
Deepen your appreciation and understanding of N.K. Jemisin's critically acclaimed sci-fi trilogy in our 6-session reading group at The Center for Fiction! Led by English professor, Joy Sanchez-Taylor, analyze the timely social and political issues that emerge in the wildly inventive books that comprise the series: The Fifth Season, The Obelisk Gate, and The Stone Sky.
Before Class Reading
Participants should read to the end of Chapter 14 of The Fifth Season by the first meeting on June 12, 2019.
About the Instructor
is an Associate Professor of English
at LaGuardia Community College (CUNY) whose research specialty is science fiction and fantasy literature by authors of color. She has published articles in Science Fiction Studies
and The Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts
. Currently, she is working on a book project titled Diverse Futures: Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Writers of Color
More on Broken Earth
". . .a story that tells a deeply human story of flawed characters working to not simply survive, but the lengths that they need to go in order to change a world that is literally and figuratively broken." -Andrew Liptak, The Verge
When N.K. Jemisin's Broken Earth trilogy won the Hugo award three years in a row, it was an unprecedented event. As the first black author to win one of science fiction and fantasy’s most prestigious honors, Jemisin’s writing expands the boundaries of genres typically dominated by white, male authors. Her worlds seamlessly blend elements of science fiction and fantasy to create spaces which include peoples of all races and abilities. Broken Earth addresses the consequences of systemic racism and the effects of climate change. However, these larger issues are woven inside the more intimate story of a mother trying to save her daughter in a climate hostile to them both.