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FROM THE DESK OF PAULETTE

June 30, 2009
Washington, DC

I admit it: I have a huge crush on Ray Bradbury. Not only is he a superfan of the public library system, but I hear he?s written a classic book or two (or nearly 100 and counting!), like Fahrenheit 451, one of the four novels that helped us launch The Big Read back in 2006.

Maestro Bradbury?s on my mind for a few reasons: I recently saw a vintage episode of The Alfred Hitchcock Hour based on Bradbury?s short story ?The Life and Work of Juan Diaz? (Note to self: There?s a reason you don?t go to scary movies, remember?), the NEA and the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs just announced that Bradbury is one of the featured authors for the 2009 Guadalajara International Book Fair, and Jennifer Steinhauer just wrote a great piece about Bradbury and his support of the Ventura County Public Libraries in the June 20 issue of The New York Times.

More than two dozen fan clubs?better known around here as Big Read projects?will be launching on Fahrenheit 451 between this September and next June. Can?t wait till then to get your Bradbury fix? Stop by The Big Read Web site to check out the great man himself in our Big Read Conversation with Ray Bradbury before heading to your local library to frontload your summer reading list with a Bradbury book or two or 100!

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