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About One Book, One Phoenix

One Book, One Phoenix is the first City of Phoenix community-wide reading program.  Join your community this summer in reading Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler.  This title is available for unlimited use on the Greater Phoenix Digital Library platform. Just check it out with your library card and read it on your device or computer. You can also request the physical book and audiobook.

Join us for book discussions at our library locations (listed below) or join us online through Goodreads.

​About Parable of the Sower

The Nebula Award–winning author of Kindred presents a "gripping" dystopian novel about a woman fleeing Los Angeles as America spirals into chaos (The New York Times Book Review).

Lauren Olamina and her family live in one of the only safe neighborhoods remaining on the outskirts of Los Angeles. Behind the walls of their defended enclave, Lauren's father, a preacher, and a handful of other citizens try to salvage what remains of a culture that has been destroyed by drugs, war, and chronic shortages of water, gasoline, and more. While her father tries to lead people on the righteous path, Lauren struggles with hyperempathy, a condition that makes her extraordinarily sensitive to the pain of others.

When fire destroys their compound, Lauren's family is killed and she is forced out into a world that is facing apocalypse. With a handful of other refugees, Lauren must make her way north to safety, along the way conceiving a revolutionary idea that may mean salvation for all mankind.

From a recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship who has won multiple Nebula and Hugo Awards, this iconic novel is "a gripping tale of survival and a poignant account of growing up sane in a disintegrating world" (The New York Times Book Review).

Attend a Program

Literary Circle Book Club* - One Book, One Phoenix Discussion

One Book, One Phoenix Book Discussion

Ironwood Library

Wednesday, August 8 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

One Book, One Phoenix - Parable of the Sower - Book Discussion

Harmon Library

Saturday, August 18 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Mesquite Library

Saturday, August 18 from 10 to 11 a.m.

​Get the book now

Check out Parable of the Sower in eBook format here.

​“All that you touch you change. All that you change changes you. The only lasting truth is change.” Book cover of The Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler

― Octavia E. ButlerParable of the Sower


“In order to rise from its own ashes, a Phoenix first must burn.” 

― Octavia E. Butler

“I was attracted to science fiction because it was so wide open. I was able to do anything and there were no walls to hem you in and there was no human condition that you were stopped from examining.” 

― Octavia E. Butler


“I'm a 48-year-old writer who can remember being a 10-year-old writer and who expects someday to be an 80-year-old writer. I'm also comfortably asocial -- a hermit in the middle of Los Angeles -- a pessimist if I'm not careful, a feminist, a Black, a former Baptist, an oil-and-water combination of ambition, laziness, insecurity, certainty, and drive.” 

― Octavia E. Butler

​About Octavia Butler


Read more about Octavia Butler here.

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