Experience a virtual tour of the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies and walk through the recreated basement office of Bradbury’s home in Cheviot Hills with Managing Director of the Center, Jason Aukerman.
After touring the center, listen to Bradbury Scholar Phil Nichols sit down with Aukerman to discuss the Center and their favorite Bradbury works on the Bradbury 100 podcast. Hear the story of the once small archive that has developed into a first class Bradbury resource for scholars, and a visual feast for anyone interested in experiencing the material world of toys, books, posters, and memorabilia that filled Ray’s home and fed his imagination.
Unbounded, an exhibition curated by the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies, dives into the rich life and contributions of Ray Bradbury, a master storyteller, champion of creative freedom, space-age visionary, and guardian of the human heart. The exhibition offers a broad and immersive experience featuring a gallery guide, QR code captions, a 3D Animation of “The Halloween Tree” through the Artivive app, and a scavenger hunt. You can experience a virtual tour of the exhibition by clicking the button below.
The Center for Ray Bradbury Studies seeks to fully document, preserve, and provide public access to its large and diverse collection that includes more than 100,000 pages of Bradbury’s manuscripts, his personal office and working library, correspondence, and a lifetime of his awards and mementos.
The Center for Ray Bradbury Studies and the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute hosted writer Kathryn H. Ross as part of the virtual 2020 Ray Bradbury Visiting Writer series. Ross first discovered Bradbury’s poetic prose as a child when she borrowed her mother’s copy of Golden Apples of the Sun and still considers Bradbury a major influence on her writing. Ross’ articles, short stories, poetry, and fiction explore themes of race, identity and faith, as does her 2019 essay collection, Black Was Not a Label. In a wide ranging discussion, Ross discussed Bradbury, the writing process, and the personal journeys that shape her writing.
Ray Bradbury has long illuminated the human heart and our dreams for the future. Now South Pasadena Public Library has illuminated a stunning trio of stained and fused glass windows that will stand as a permanent tribute to the author who believed that libraries were the center of the community. The windows depicting Bradbury and scenes from some of his best loved works, like Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, and Dandelion Wine, are part of the library’s celebration of Bradbury’s centennial.
Conceived by South Pasadena glass artist Tim Carey and completed in partnership with the world renowned Judson Studios, the windows grace the Ray Bradbury Conference Room that looks out onto the majestic Morton Bay Fig “Library Tree,” a city landmark. As residents gathered beside the tree for the illumination, Library Director Cathy Billings suggested the windows would be a visible reminder of “the joy, wonder, and imagination that Bradbury embodied” and continues to share each time a patron borrows one of his books.