Pasadena is set to get another independent bookstore: Octavia’s Bookshelf. Owner Nikki High said she hopes to highlight authors who are Black, Indigenous, and other people of color.
High chose the name as a tribute to Pasadena native, science-fiction author and MacArthur fellow Octavia Butler who died in 2006. Butler was one of the first to feature people of color in sci-fi novels.
“She was the first Black sci-fi writer that I read, and it was the first time that I saw Black people in the future,” High said.
It’s set to open by mid-to-late February.
Source: Pasadena’s Getting A Bookstore Named For Sci-Fi Author Octavia Butler