Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Happy 89th Birthday, Ray Bradbury!

I write because Ray Bradbury transported me across time (forward and backward) and into worlds I'd never imagined. I write because Ray Bradbury showed me the power of the printed word to soothe, enrage, engage, teach, entertain, preach, warn and more.

I first read Bradbury in Mr. Bride's English class in high school. (I recently reconnected with Mr. Bride through Linkedin and now I can call him, Jim.) Bradbury's short stories are as wonderful as his novels. The cast of characters he has created, Uncle Einar is my favorite, are unforgettable. Happy birthday, sir!
(Photo credit, Alex Collins, News Press) DOWNTOWN GLENDALE — Devoted fans, casual readers and interested passerby filled a Brand Boulevard bookshop Saturday afternoon for a chance to see author Ray Bradbury.More than 100 people crammed into the Mystery and Imagination bookshop to help Bradbury — best known for penning the 1953 science-fiction novel “Fahrenheit 451”— celebrate his 89th birthday.

Read more at the Glendale Press HERE.


Stephen Parrish said...

Ray Bradbury is a national treasure.

Kim Rossi Stagliano said...

Yes he is, Stephen. I read and re-read his short stories often. The Veldt rings especially true to me these days!

Anonymous said...

Great cake? where was it made