May 20, 2021
Kimball Art Center’s Book Club
“I also audio binged for the third time on NK Jemisin’s Fifth Season Trilogy. I just love this series and each time I come to the end of the third book, I get so fretful because I desperately want the saga to continue!”
– Cauleen Smith, artist in When Evening Has Passed and Tomorrow Comes, in response to the question, “What’s the best book you’ve read recently?”
About The Fifth Season:
This is the way the world ends. . .for the last time.
It starts with the great red rift across the heart of the world’s sole continent, spewing ash that blots out the sun. It starts with death, with a murdered son and a missing daughter. It starts with betrayal, and long dormant wounds rising up to fester.
This is the Stillness, a land long familiar with catastrophe, where the power of the earth is wielded as a weapon. And where there is no mercy.
Read the first book in the critically acclaimed, three-time Hugo award-winning trilogy by NYT bestselling author N. K. Jemisin.
Discussion led by Andrew Shephard
W. Andrew Shephard is an Assistant Professor of African American Literature in the University of Utah’s Department of English. His research focuses on modes of genre fiction such as science fiction, fantasy, and horror, as they intersect with questions of race, gender, and sexuality, and the ways in which marginalized peoples utilize the conventions of genre to address concerns specific to their communities. His current research project, titled “‘Temples for Tomorrow’: African American Speculative Fiction and Historical Narrative”, investigates black authors’ uses of science fiction and fantasy as a means of working through a vexed relationship to history and laying the foundation for a more utopian future.
This program has received funding from Utah Humanities (UH). UH empowers Utahns to improve their communities through active engagement in the humanities.