The South Pasadena Public Library and the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library remind everyone that throughout the month of March they are presenting a “One Book, One City” Project focusing on Ray Bradbury’s enduring masterpiece Fahrenheit 451.
Ray Bradbury (1920-2012) was born in Waukegan, Illinois to a family that moved to LA in 1934 in a jalopy. In 1947 Ray started publishing his stories and his second book The Martian Chronicles gained a following among Science Fiction readers. In the early 50s, he wrote Fahrenheit 451 in UCLA”S Lawrence Clark Powell Library, named after the South Pasadena native. The book came out to rapturous reviews, became a classic, and still sells more than 50,000 copies per year. Bradbury went on to write more than 50 acclaimed books and 200 short stories. In Ray’s later years he visited South Pasadena many times for events at both the Fremont Centre Theatre and South Pasadena Public Library.
Community-wide Reading Programs create opportunities for readers to enjoyably explore a great work of literature together.
- Presentation of Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451” Play, March 16 at 7 pm in the Library Community Room* with the Pandemonium Theatre Company.
- Reading and Discussion of “Fahrenheit 451” Book, March 20 at 7 pm in the Library Ray Bradbury Conference Room** with renowned Actor and Author Duffy Hudson.
- Performance by acclaimed Actor Bill Oberst, March 24 at 7 pm in Library Community Room* of Ray Bradbury’s “Pillar of Fire”, a precursor to “Fahrenheit 451”.
- Screening of classic 1966 “Fahrenheit 451” motion picture, March 30 at 7 p.m. in Library Community Room*. Directed by Francois Truffaut and starring Julie Christie and Oskar Werner.
Many copies of the “Fahrenheit 451” book, as well as many other books and other materials by and about Ray Bradbury, are available for checkout at the South Pasadena Public Library.
(*) Library Community Room– 1115 El Centro Street
(**) South Pasadena Public Library (including Ray Bradbury Conference Room — 1100 Oxley Street