Readers Retreat

A deep dive into one incredible book

2022 Book:
Wild Seed by Octavia E. Butler


Drum roll, please! The winning book of the 2022 Readers Retreat Book Ballot is Octavia E. Butler’s Wild Seed

Thank you so much for casting your vote. 

We couldn’t be more excited to feature this book across our programming in the coming year and to examine it together at Readers Retreat 2022!


Afrofuturism and Africanfuturism: What if…?

With so many strange and horrifying things happening in the world, so many things changing quickly for better and for worse, so many old patterns of power, disparity and oppression entrenched, and the future as uncertain as it always was, only feeling a little more so, 
what if we could turn to Afrofuturist and Africanfuturist literature to show us a way forward?  

Afrofuturist and Africanfuturist speculative fiction lets us ask, what if…?  

Narratives of imaginary times and places, of things that exist far, far away and in times long ago or still to come can be a powerful avenue for contemplation and creative engagement with the problems and possibilities of living.  

‘Afrofuturism,’ ‘Africanfuturism,’ and ‘Speculative fiction’ are broad categories that include but aren’t limited to science fiction, fantasy, alternative history. What if now’s a great time for imagining? 


Our Book Selection Committee

Maine Humanities Council worked with a brilliant committee of Maine readers and thinkers to develop a ballot of books for 2022.

Evadne Bryan-Perkins (she/her) is a Black/Wateree River Iswä, Actor, Balladeer, Drummer, Keeper of the Charlie Parker Epigraphs (John Connolly), ASL Girl & Beader. She reads books as one would breathe air, to fill up & live.

LaLa Drew (they/them) experiences life as a Black, queer, nonbinary, transracial adoptee. They are a poetic joy seeker/word weaver, organizer, activist, and healer. They live and love on Unceded Abenaki territory, where they exist with pitbull, Eli. They are also a facilitator and speaker with the Maine Humanities Council.

LeeAnn Floyd (she/her) never actually existed and if I did, I died in a bizarre threshing accident in 1932. Or LeeAnn Floyd is a Black autistic author of Speculative fiction and fantasy in Maine. One of those statements is true.

Daniel Minter (he/him) is a renowned and visionary American artist known for his work in the mediums of painting and assemblage. He is a visual storyteller and accomplished illustrator. Minter teaches at Maine College of Art and is the Co-Founder of Indigo Arts Alliance.

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Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily
represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.