SOURCE: Office of Mayor Hahn
Ray Bradbury Receives Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame
Ceremony Kicks Off Mayor's Reading Initiative -- ``One Book, One City L.A.''
LOS ANGELES--(ENTERTAINMENT WIRE)--April 1, 2002--On the first day of Mayor Hahn's ``One Book, One City L.A.'' reading program during which Angelenos will be encouraged to read Ray Bradbury's ``Fahrenheit 451,'' Bradbury received the 2,193rd star on the world-famous Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contributions to literature, sci-fi films and television.
``I am truly grateful to be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame,'' said Ray Bradbury. ``I received so much inspiration from this city that it is a wonderful feeling to be a permanent part of my hometown. I dedicate this landmark to all of my family, friends and fans that have encouraged me throughout the years and I want to thank Mayor Hahn, the City of Los Angeles and the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce for this honor.''
Actor Charlton Heston and honorary Mayor of Hollywood Johnny Grant praised Bradbury for his life's work.
The ceremony kicked off Mayor Hahn's ``One Book, One City L.A.'' initiative. Throughout the month of April, Angelenos will be able to participate in more than 30 events centered around Bradbury's science-fiction classic ``Fahrenheit 451.'' The citywide reading program is designed to promote literacy and civic pride.
``Ray Bradbury showcases the best of Los Angeles and I'm delighted to honor him today with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and by encouraging Angelenos to read `Fahrenheit 451,''' said Mayor Hahn. ``We want to make our city the best it can be. By reading great literary works like Ray Bradbury's we can foster dialogue among our city's diverse groups, and we can create a community that's unmatched by any in this great nation.''
Bradbury, who started writing ``Fahrenheit 451'' while living in Venice on pay-by-the-hour typewriters at UCLA, was thrilled that Mayor Hahn selected his novel for the City's first ``One Book, One City L.A.'' reading program.
``I wrote most of my books in this wonderful city,'' Bradbury said. ``I am delighted that Mayor Hahn chose my book to help promote the city and is encouraging Los Angeles residents to discuss its central themes.''
Bradbury's classic novel is one of Mayor Hahn's favorite books.
```Fahrenheit 451' celebrates the freedom of speech, the value of imagination, and the power of the individual,'' said Mayor Hahn.
To promote the program citywide, book discussions will be held in April at the Los Angeles Public Library Central Library and select branches citywide. The library has copies of ``Fahrenheit 451'' available in English and Spanish.
One of the featured events will be a ``town hall''-style book discussion with Ray Bradbury and Mayor Hahn at North Hollywood's El Portal Theater, which will be broadcast live on KPCC 89.3 FM. Other events include book discussions at Barnes & Noble and Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, movie screenings of the 1966 film and public readings throughout Los Angeles. The month-long initiative will culminate at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books on April 27 with an event featuring Bradbury.
An award-winning author, Bradbury wrote short science-fiction stories and learned the craft while watching ``Alfred Hitchcock Presents'' and ``The Twilight Zone.'' He wrote several screenplays including the film adaptation of John Huston's 1953 version of ``Moby Dick.''
``One Book, One City L.A.'' is sponsored by SBC Pacific Bell and is presented by The City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles Public Library, Fleishman-Hillard Inc., Simon & Schuster, Ballantine Books, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Barnes & Noble, the Los Angeles Department of Public Works, the Los Angeles Unified School District, and KPCC 89.3 FM. For information on Ray Bradbury/``Fahrenheit 451'' reading discussions and ``One Book, One City L.A.'' activities in local communities, visit the Los Angeles Public Library Web site at www.lapl.org/F451. Contact: Office of Mayor Hahn Julie Wong, 213/978-0741 or Hollywood Walk of Fame Ana Martinez-Holler, 323/468-1376 or Fleishman-Hillard Shannon Murphy, 213/489-8244