Science Fiction Legend Kicks off National Library Week.
The City of Santa Clarita and the County of Los Angeles Public Library have partnered together to welcome author Ray Bradbury to the Santa Clarita Valley on Sunday, April 15, 2007, as part of the National Endowment for the Arts’ “The Big Read”.
The event will be hosted from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Santa Clarita Sports Complex, located at 20880 Centre Pointe Parkway.
Bradbury will discuss his acclaimed book Fahrenheit 451. The classic novel, whose theme of censorship is as relevant today as it was when the book was published in 1953, is the featured novel for the National Endowment of the Arts Big Read Initiative in Santa Clarita Valley.
“Ray Bradbury is an inspirational writer who has changed the way people think,” commented Mayor Marsha Mclean. “It is an honor to welcome him to our City to discuss his futuristic classic Fahrenheit 451 as part of The Big Read.
The Big Read is a nationwide reading initiative designed not only to revive literary reading and restore reading to the center of American culture but to encourage reading for pleasure and bring communities together to read and discuss one book.
Santa Clarita Valley libraries participating in The Big Read include: the Valencia Library, Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library, and the Newhall Library
In honor of the nationwide event, a number of programs and events will be held throughout the Santa Clarita Valley until May 2007.
On Saturday, April 21st, The Big Read will host Science Fiction: The Authors, The Genre. The event will include scenes from Fahrenheit 451 performed by the Canyon Theatre Guild and a panel discussion with science fiction authors Larry Niven, Harry Turtledove, David Kirtley, Sheila Finch, Steven Gould, and David Gerrold. The event will be held at the Santa Clarita Community Center in Newhall from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
For a complete listing events for The Big Read -Santa Clarita Valley please visit www.thebigread-scv.org.