Four months from today, it will be Ray Bradbury's birthday. He would have been 95.
Five years and four months from now, it will be the 100th anniversary of his birth.
How should it be celebrated? Who should celebrate it? Start thinking. Start planning. Start sharing ideas.
An interesting comparison might be the Orson Welles centenary, which is this year. Here's a list of events known to Wellesnet.com
A few days ago, I received this fine gift from a friend who asked upon presenting it to me (before I had a chance to opened its elegant box), "For whom should another of these be made?".
My immediate answer to his question was correct.
Still a few years out from "100", who might initiated such an honorable RB commemorative?
Could the Carnegie Library in Waukegan/Green Town become the Ray Bradbury Museum? How could this happen? What events should begin now to reach this goal?
Thanks for the information about Ray and Cally. ( I always wanted to abbreviate the state.)
Have a great time in Los Angelos.
It's in the works but as for events such as fundraisers I don't know the details but Phil and others here probably do.
The Peter Jay Sharp Theater, part of SymphonySpace in New York City, has announced a "Ray Bradbury Centennial Celebration" at the theater on May 20, 2020. This is the first specific event celebrating Ray Bradbury's 100th birthday of which I have become aware. I have no doubt there will be many more to come. Hopefully, as such celebrations are announced, folks will post information about them on this Board. For more information about the event at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater, you can click on the link below:
Tickets for the Ray Bradbury Centennial Celebration to be held on May 20, 2020 at SymphonyCenter in New York City went on sale to the general public this week. It has also been announced that the event will be hosted by the fine writer, and Bradbury admirer, Neil Gaiman. Mr. Gaiman wrote the introduction for the limited edition of THE MACHINERIES OF JOY published by PS Publishing in the U.K. several years ago. A link to Mr. Gaiman's introduction to that book is included below. As Mr. Gaiman also writes, "...the landscape of the world we live in would have been diminished if we had not had him in our world....I am so glad that I knew him."
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The 53rd California International Antiquarian Book Fair will be held at the Pasadena Convention Center in Pasadena, California from Friday, February 7 to Sunday, February 9, 2020. Of special interest to Ray Bradbury fans and readers is a panel discussion scheduled for 12 noon on Sunday, February 9, in honor of Ray's 100th birthday. Noted science fiction and fantasy writer Tim Powers will be on the panel, and Joe Mantegna, star of the excellent film version of THE WONDERFUL ICE CFREAM SUIT, has been invited to appear as well. Here is a description of the event which appears on the Fair's website:
"Sunday, February 9
SOMETHING WONDERFUL THIS WAY CAME: 100 YEARS OF RAY BRADBURY
12:00 pm: Honoring the centennial of the celebrated science fiction writer Ray Bradbury's birth, our panel of experts explores his mastery of the subject and enduring legacy. This event is moderated by David Kipen, former literature director of the National Endowment for the Arts. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Kipen opened the Boyle Heights lending library Libros Schmibros in 2010, contributed to multiple volumes of California cultural history and teaches in the UCLA writing program.
Steven Paul Leiva, author and film producer, and long-time friend of Ray Bradbury, is the author of Searching For Ray Bradbury (2013). Levia was the lead organizer of Ray Bradbury Week (2010), and involved in the naming of Ray Bradbury Square in Los Angeles, as well as the dedication of the Ray Bradbury Room at Palms-Rancho Park Library.
John F. Szabo, City Librarian of the Los Angeles Public Library and Chair of the OCLC Board of Trustees, hosted the naming of Ray Bradbury Square in Los Angeles.
Tim Powers, bestselling author of science fiction and fantasy (On Stranger Tides, Last Call, Anubis Gates), is the two-time winner of both the World Fantasy and Philip K. Dick awards. His novel, On Stranger Tides, was adapted into the Disney Pirates of the Caribbean film of the same name (2011).
Joe Mantegna (invited), actor currently starring in the television series Criminal Minds, is longtime friend of Ray Bradbury. He often gives praise to Bradbury for starting his career after he starred in the successful play “The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit” (Bradbury's Magic Suit) in 1974.
Obadiah Baird, owner of The Book Bin in Salem Oregon, is a specialist in rare and collectible science fiction, fantasy and horror. He also edits and publishes The Audient Void: A Journal of Weird Fiction and Dark Fantasy."
Here is a link to the Fair's website:
One of the crossword puzzles in today's Chicago Tribune had, as its titled theme, "A CENTURY AGO: What happened in 1920". The clue for 77 across was "Sci-fi author born in 1920". The answer was eleven letters long, started with the letter "R", and ended with the letter "Y". Hmmm....
Frank Herbert? Phil Klass (a.k.a. William Tenn)?
I've put a page on my blog where I am collecting events planned for 2020. Please see here:
In addition to the foregoing, it is my understanding that there will be a Ray Bradbury Centennial birthday celebration in his childhood hometown of Waukegan, Illinois during the August 22, 2020 weekend. As soon as more details are made available, I'll try to post them in a timely manner.
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