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I Get this Question Often re: Queen Prophetess Octavia Butler

I get this question often. It usually goes something like this?

Q: tamia, I want to place an order from Frugal's today and was thinking about starting to read Octavia Butler's work. Do you have a suggestion for which title(s) I should start with?

A: I get this question soooo often. I love it. Start with Parable of the Sower. Then read the first book in Lilith's Brood which is the Xenogenesis series. Dawn is the first but they now sell the series as an anthology of all 3 books. Then read Parable if the Talents. You need to be prepped for the apocalypse but it's hard to go straight from Sower to Talents. They are HEAVY! From there I would do a Patternmaster book. Then just hop around.

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       tamia rashima jordan, M.Ed. (, is a radical JEDI (justice equity diversity & inclusion) educator who channels her energy into projects that heal the BIPOC (Black & Indigenous & People of Color) community. She grounds her work in Emergent Strategy (a.m. brown), community accountability (Kaba et. al.), healing justice, and transformative justice (G. Boggs et. al.). Currently she serves as the Director of Intercultural Student Affairs at Emerson College located in Boston, Massachusetts.

       Despite living and working in the Greater Boston area for almost 13 years, tamia remains true to her Jersey roots. Originally from Hackensack, NJ - We are the Comets. The mighty mighty Comets - tamia remains a die-hard Yankees and Knicks fan.  

       tamia did her undergraduate work in American Politics and African American Studies at the University of Virginia. Then she went on to receive her M.Ed. in Higher Education Student Affairs Administration from the University of Vermont.  

               In addition to her work at Emerson, tamia serves as the Chair of the Community Council of the Massachusetts Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence; she is currently working on a program for returning citizens with the African American Coordinating Committee comprised of men who are incarcerated at Norfolk MCI; additionally she serves on the production team of the Boston Art & Music Soul Festival (BAMS Fest) and the planning team of Princess Day Boston: a party for little girls of color and their families.

       Also important to note, tamia cannot live without the ocean, all the folx who call her auntie, traveling to countries below the equator, kitty cats, and music.

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