One Book, One Community

The 2019 Book: Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler

Join Pima County Public Library for our first-ever One Book, One Community program!


Cover of Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. ButlerJoin us for conversations about the book in person and online.

Parable of the Sower tells the story of Lauren, a young black woman who has to discover more about the world and herself when she finds herself pulled from her family and the only home she's ever known due to dire and deadly circumstances. She ventures onto the road to find safety, and finds a new family and a new creed along the way.

Read the book

Discuss at a Library

Discuss the Entire Book

  • Joel D. Valdez Main Library, Saturday, February 23, 1:30-3:00pm
  • Oro Valley Public Library, February 26, 6:00-7:30pm

Discuss Chapters 1-12

  • Quincie Douglas Library, Sunday, February 3, 1:30-3:00pm
  • Sahuarita Library, Saturday, February 9, 10:30am-noon
  • Joel D. Valdez Main Library, Wednesday, February 13, 3:00-5:00pm - For teens only
  • Martha Cooper Library, Thursday, February 14, 6:00-7:30pm
  • Mission Library, Tuesday, February 19, 6:00-7:30pm
  • Miller-Golf Links Library, Thursday, February 21, 6:00-7:30pm

Discuss Chapters 13-25

  • Quincie Douglas Library, Sunday, March 3, 1:30-3:00pm
  • Sahuarita Library, Saturday, March 9, 10:30am-noon
  • Joel D. Valdez Main Library, Wednesday, March 13, 3:00-5:00pm - For teens only
  • Martha Cooper Library, Thursday, March 14, 6:00-7:30pm
  • Mission Library, Tuesday, March 19, 6:00-7:30pm
  • Miller-Golf Links Library, Wednesday, March 20, 6:00-7:30pm

Discuss the Book Online


This program is presented by Kindred, the team dedicated to reaching, supporting, and celebrating the black community.

This project is supported by the Arizona State Library, Archives & Public Records, a division of the Secretary of State, with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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