The Indianapolis Public Library, in conjunction with the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies, is launching a new initiative — an annual Bradbury Lecture, the first of which will be held 6 p.m., Aug. 20 in the West Reading Room of the Central Library. And who better to give the first talk than Ray Eller, director of the aforementioned Center for Ray Bradbury Studies.
Eller will ask and answer two questions, according to a news release: "How did Ray Bradbury, a child of the Great Depression who never attended college, become one of the best-known American writers of his time? And why does this master storyteller of the 20th century remain a powerful cultural influence today?"
The lecture will take place during Bradbury's birthday week, and the Center plans to schedule annual lectures during the same week leading up to the centenary of Bradbury's birth in 2020.
Eller worked on two Bradbury-related publications to be published in early September: Ray Bradbury Unbound, the second in a three-volume biography —and volume two in the Collected Stories of Ray Bradbury, a critical edition of Bradbury's work that started from his first published story.
Also in Bradbury news: Tim Youd, a performance artist who has set a goal to retype 100 novels over five years, using a single piece of paper and the same make and model of typewriter used by the original author of the novel, will retype Fahrenheit 451 on a Royal KMM at the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies during Banned Books Week, Sept. 21-27. He'll then burn the finished piece at the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library as part of the library's annual Banned Books programming. More on this as it develops.