Ray Bradbury’s Centennial
Celebrate the centennial of the life and work of Bradbury at these upcoming events.
Smithsonian Air and Space Museum
Beginning in 2021
The museum is planning to honor Ray Bradbury with a yearly lecture series and present a Ray Bradbury Laureate Award to a distinguished speaker. In addition Bradbury and his book, The Martian Chronicles, will be part of the museum’s Walking on Other Worlds exhibition to open in the Winter of 2022.
Scholastic Art and Writing Awards
New York, NY
The inaugural Ray Bradbury Special Achievement Awards in Science Fiction & Fantasy will be given to six students at an awards ceremony at Carnegie Hall.
Mars: The Red Mirror
November 24 2020—April 25 2021
The Center de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB) will present a celebration and exploration of the many, scientific, mythological, and literary approaches to understanding the significance of the planet Mars down through history. Curator Juan Insua will include a special exhibit section on Ray Bradbury with visual materials supplied by Indiana University’s Center for Ray Bradbury Studies.
Library of Congress Book Festival
September 25-27, 2020
The 20th Library of Congress National Book Festival will celebrate “American Ingenuity” in 2020, featuring the creativity and inspiration of some of the nation’s most gifted authors in a reimagined virtual festival from Sept. 25-27.
The festival will honor Bradbury with a discussion exploring his ingenious imagination and his enduring influence on literature, space exploration, and our collective curiosity. Bradbury historian and biographer Jonathan Eller will moderate the panel featuring writer and visionary Ann Druyan, co-creator of Cosmos; science fiction writer Mary Robinette Kowal, winner of Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards; and Leland Melvin, NASA engineer, astronaut, and educator.
Ray Bradbury Read-A-Thon
August 22, 2020
To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Ray Bradbury’s birth, the Bradbury Centennial, in partnership with libraries large and small, will bring people from across the United States together to take part in a live streamed reading of the author’s work. Honoring Bradbury’s life-long love of libraries as welcoming places that expand the mind and spark the imagination, writers, scholars, and readers of all ages will bring the fantastical worlds of his timeless stories to life.
The Participating Partners: Library of Congress, Los Angeles Public Library, and Alliance for Young Artists & Writers
Contributing Libraries and Institutions are: Anchorage Public Library (Alaska), Athens Regional Library System (Georgia), Boston Public Library (Massachusetts), Broward County Library (Florida), Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College, CUNY (New York), Center for Ray Bradbury Studies (Indiana), Central Arkansas Library System (Arkansas), Charlotte Mecklenburg Library (North Carolina), Columbus Metropolitan Library (Ohio), Cushing Memorial Library & Archives, Texas A&M University Libraries (Texas), Des Moines Public Library and Library Foundation (Iowa), Indian Valley Public Library (Pennsylvania), Pima County Public Library (Arizona), San Francisco Public Library (California), South Pasadena Library (California), The Friends of the Venice Library (California), The Seattle Public Library (Washington), University of Alaska Anchorage Consortium Library (Alaska), University of Iowa Library Special Collections (Iowa), University of Kansas Libraries (Kansas), University of Pittsburgh Library System (Pennsylvania), and the Waukegan Park District and Library (Illinois)
Check back for details on how to watch on YouTube and Instagram.
Friends of the Venice Library
August 22, 2020
This year’s annual meeting will honor Ray Bradbury’s Centennial with a showing of the classic Twilight Zone episode “I Sing the Body Electric,” written by Bradbury. In addition, a visit by the LA Book Bike, and a joint display with the Venice Heritage Foundation will focus on Bradbury’s life in Venice.
Due to COVID-19, this year’s meeting will be held virtually and certain events such as the bike raffle will be rescheduled. For more information, please visit The Friends of the Venice Library webpage.
Los Angeles Public Library
August 22, 2020
Los Angeles, CA
The Los Angeles Public Library, one of Bradbury’s favorite places from the time he moved to LA, will join in presenting the inaugural Ray Bradbury Read-A-Thon, premiering on Bradbury’s 100th birthday, August 22, 2020, and available through September 5, 2020. LA Public Library staff will come together virtually with readers from across the nation in an evening reading of Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451.
78th World Science Fiction Convention: "CoNZealand"
July 29–August 2, 2020
Jason Aukerman, managing director of the The Center for Ray Bradbury Studies, appeared on panels and other programming at the virtual convention, including a tour of the Center in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Bradbury 100 Podcast
Launches July 25, 2020
Each podcast episode will delight fans and scholars alike as Phil Nichols, a film and literature specialist with a focus on Ray Bradbury, engages with a different aspect of the celebrated author’s work and interviews people Bradbury inspired. Listeners can expect to discover new perspectives on forgotten works and little known details about the last century of Bradbury as they prepare for the next. Check out Nichols’ website, bradburymedia.co.uk, for even more information about all things Bradbury and media.
Visit Nichols’ website for details on the many ways you can listen to the podcast.
July 23–26, 2020
To honor and celebrate the Ray Bradbury Centennial, the Comic-Con souvenir book features over 30 pages of Bradbury-related articles and the author on its cover. It is available for download using the button below.
The 2020 San Diego Comic-Con@Home celebration was held online from July 22-26th and, unlike the events in years past, the event was free, with over 350 panels and programs and the 2020 Eisner Awards hosted on YouTube, 700 online exhibitors, Amazon Virtual-Con, Cosplay, and more! While the dates for Comic-Con@Home have passed, the panels and programs continue to be available online.
American Library Association Convention
June 25–30, 2020 - cancelled due to COVID-19 virus
The Convention, neighboring libraries, and the association planned on hosting Bradbury-themed events and panel discussions, including his influence on such contemporary writers as Margaret Atwood, Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, and Alice Hoffman.
21st Annual Dandelion Wine Arts & Music Festival
June 13, 2020, beginning at 10am CDT
Bradbury’s hometown of Waukegan, Illinois celebrated Bradbury’s Centennial year with a reading of Dandelion Wine by celebrity fans. The readings was live-streamed on Facebook. Other programs and events for the virtual festival were also be available live on Facebook.
American Writers Museum
Summer 2020-Spring 2021
The American Writer’s Museum, a Chicago destination for writers and readers of all ages, will engage the public in celebrating Ray Bradbury’s centennial with an exhibit comprised of original artifacts on loan from the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies at Indiana University’s School of Liberal Arts (IUPUI). The exhibit will demonstrate Bradbury’s pervasive influence on American literature.
Selected Stories by Ray Bradbury
May 20, 2020 - to be rescheduled later in fall or early winter 2020 due to COVID-19 virus
New York, NY
Hosted by Neil Gaiman, Selected Shorts will pay tribute to Bradbury’s short fiction and its enduring influence.
Neil Gaiman and Sam Weller
at The Big Book Weekend festival
May 9, 2020
12:00 noon British Summer Time / 7:00am Eastern Daylight Time
Author Neil Gaiman and Ray Bradbury biographer Sam Weller celebrated Bradbury during The Big Book Weekend,a 3-day virtual festival. Gaiman and Weller discussed Bradbury’s continued appeal for readers of all ages and his influence on their own work.
Wil Wheaton Reading of "Luana the Living"
May 3, 2020
Actor & writer Wil Wheaton (Star Trek, The Big Bang Theory, and Stand by Me) read Bradbury’s “Luana the Living” on an episode of his podcast, Radio Free Burrito. Wheaton describes this story of an explorer’s harrowing experience in the jungles of India as “*exactly* the kind of book I would have picked up from the spinning rack of fifty cent paperbacks in the drugstore.”
Published in 1940 in the fanzine Polaris when Bradbury was 19 years old, “Luana the Living,” offers a rare glimpse into the writers’ earliest works.
Listen to “Luana the Living” by clicking the button below.
Museum of Popular Culture Book Club
April 17 - May 15, 2020
The Museum of Popular Culture’s book club read three short stories from The Illustrated Man: “The Veldt,” “The Rocket Man,” and “The Last Night of the World.” Events included online discussions and a screening of The Illustrated Man.
Los Angeles Times Book Awards
April 17, 2020 Awards Announcement - Public gathering cancelled due to COVID-19 virus
Los Angeles, CA
On April 17, 2020, the Los Angeles Times in partnership with the Ray Bradbury Estate announced that Marlon James was the winner of the inaugural Ray Bradbury Book Prize for Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Speculative Fiction.
March 20-22, 2020
Ray Bradbury was to have a significant presence at this full-spectrum, multi-genre fantasy and science fiction convention.
Due to COVID-19, the convention took place online with a virtual cosplay contest and gaming.
Caltech Presents the Plays of Ray Bradbury
February 21–March 1, 2020-additional dates cancelled due to COVID-19 virus
The Caltech Beckman Theater presented plays and adaptations from Bradbury’s work including All Summer in a Day, A Sound of Thunder, The Flying Machine (in Mandarin), Marionettes, Inc., The Martian Chronicles, and Fahrenheit 451. As of March 1, 2020 the remaining shorts have been indefinitely postponed.