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Fahrenheit 3/23: Celebrating Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury and Jonathon Eller

Ray Bradbury with Jonathan R. Eller in 2009

The life of one of the best known cultural figures of the 20th century will be explored during a series of events as part of "Fahrenheit 3/23: Celebrating Ray Bradbury," to be held on Saturday, March 23 beginning at 10:30 a.m. at the Irvington Branch, 5625 E. Washington Street.

Professor of English and Director of the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies at IUPUI, Jonathan R. Eller, will discuss Bradbury's work and influence that spans mainstream literature, science fiction, fantasy, horror, detective fiction, and nearly all forms of media presentation. Bradbury, who died in 2012, is regarded as a cultural mentor in such widely divergent fields as creative writing, education, public transportation, theme parks, and urban architecture.

In 1953, Bradbury's stories about societies that destroy the precious gifts of imagination and creativity by destroying books culminated in Fahrenheit 451, a modern classic that symbolizes the importance of preserving literacy and literature dominated by multi-media entertainment.

Eller will begin the day's celebration at 10:30 a.m. with the presentation, "A Miracle of Rare Device: The Center for Ray Bradbury Studies." Opening in 2007, the Center has built an all-source archive for Bradbury's writings and maintains a large research library of his publications, as well as anthologies and reference books for the broader study of science fiction and fantasy.

Fahrenheit 451At 2 p.m., Eller will lead a discussion on Fahrenheit 451, followed at 5:30 p.m. with a screening of the film, Fahrenheit 451 (113 minutes).

Eller retired from a 20-year Air Force career in 1993 and joined the faculty at IUPUI. He has edited or co-edited several limited press editions of Bradbury's fiction. His most recent book, Becoming Ray Bradbury (2011), centers on Bradbury's early life and development as a writer through the publication of Fahrenheit 451. Eller also worked on Simon & Schuster's 60th anniversary of Fahrenheit 451, scheduled for publication in 2013.

Call 275-4450 for more information about this free Library program.