Ray Bradbury’s Centennial
Celebrate the centennial year of the life and work of Bradbury at these upcoming events.
Scholastic Art and Writing Awards
Entries open starting September 2020
The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the nation’s longest-running and most prestigious scholarship and recognition program for creative teens, is accepting submissions from students across the country in grades 7–12 for the inaugural Ray Bradbury Award for Science Fiction & Fantasy.
The award is sponsored by the Ray Bradbury Foundation in recognition of the author’s dedication to encouraging young writers to explore their craft. Up to six students will receive $1,000 scholarships for writing that uses supernatural, magical, futuristic, scientific, and technological themes as a key element of the narrative. Their educators will receive $250.
ZYZZYVA reprinting "The Pedestrian"
The literary journal ZYZZYVA will publish Ray Bradbury’s short story “The Pedestrian” in their fall 2020 issue. Originally published in The Reporter on August 7, 1951 and then collected in The Golden Apples of the Sun, the plot of “The Pedestrian” was inspired by Bradbury’s own encounter with LA police who found his late night walk on Wilshire Boulevard suspicious. Two years later, Bradbury would expand on the ideas he explored in “The Pedestrian” when he wrote the dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451.
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.
Bradbury 100 Podcast
New episodes every Saturday
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.
Library of Congress Book Festival
September 25-27, 2020
The 20th Library of Congress National Book Festival explored “The Ray Bradbury Effect” during its celebration of the nation’s most gifted authors in a reimagined virtual festival, designed for readers of every age and interest, from September 25-27, 2020.
Bradbury biographer and director of the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies Jonathan Eller moderated a discussion of Bradbury’s enduring influence on literature, space exploration, and our collective curiosity with Ann Druyan, documentarian and author of Cosmos: Possible Worlds and Leland Melvin, NASA engineer, astronaut, educator, and author of Chasing Space: An Astronaut’s Story of Grit, Grace and Second Chances.
Ray Bradbury Read-A-Thon
August 22, 2020 - September 5, 2020
To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Ray Bradbury’s birth, the Bradbury Centennial, in partnership with libraries large and small, brought people from across the United States together to take part in a live streamed reading of Fahrenheit 451. 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 brought 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)
American Writers Museum
The American Writers Museum in Chicago celebrated Ray Bradbury’s birthday by offering free admission on August 22, 2020. Visitors had the opportunity to take a peek at some of the artifacts slated for the Ray Bradbury: Inextinguishable exhibit opening in early 2021–including one of Bradbury’s typewriters and copies of the widely translated Fahrenheit 451 in various languages.
In recognition of Bradbury’s lasting influence, the Museum also used its newly launched podcast to highlight conversations with four writers of contemporary speculative fiction. Podcasts were published each week between August 10-31 including conversions with J. Michael Straczynski, author of Becoming Superman; Annalee Newitz, author of The Future of Another Timeline; Hugo-Award winner John Scalzi, author of The Consuming Fire; and Isabel Ibanez, author of Woven in Moonlight.
Discussion: “Are We Living in a World Ray Bradbury Tried to Prevent?”
August 27, 2020 - 6:30 PM PDT
Zócalo Public Square, Fowler Museum at UCLA, and ZYZZYVA brought together author Lilliam Rivera, Arizona State University Center for Science and the Imagination professor Michael Bennett, and Jonathan R. Eller, Director of the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies at Indiana University for a virtual discussion. The panel considered the lessons Fahrenheit 451 and The Martian Chronicles offer about a present that has surprising and sometimes sobering similarities to the futures he imagined in his fiction. A spirited conversation that ranges among topics as various as the exploitation of imperialism and colonialism, the stultifying dangers of technology, the library as civic temple, and the power of generosity, was moderated by Oscar Villalon, managing editor at ZYZZYVA.
Read Jon Eller’s Green Room interview here.
Ray Bradbury: Waukegan's Influence on a Visionary Science Fiction Author
August 27, 2020 - 7:00 pm CDT
Historian Ty Rohrer delivered a virtual presentation on Thursday, August 27 at 7:00 pm CDT that dove into Waukegan’s influence on a young Ray Bradbury. Rohrer, director of the Waukegan History Museum in Bradbury’s hometown, illustrated this free Zoom lecture with photographs selected from the Historical Society’s rich collection. The event was hosted by the Woodbridge Public Library.
Los Angeles Public Library
August 22, 2020
The Los Angeles Public Library, one of Bradbury’s favorite places from the time he moved to LA, joined 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 came together virtually with readers from across the nation in an evening reading of Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451.
Friends of the Venice Library
August 22, 2020
This year’s annual meeting honored Ray Bradbury’s Centennial with a showing of the classic Twilight Zone episode “I Sing the Body Electric,” written by Bradbury.
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.
“Ray Bradbury and the Future of Speculative Fiction” event hosted by Pratt Library
August 19, 2020, 6:30pm - 8pm EDT
The Enoch Pratt Free Library celebrated the centennial of Ray Bradbury’s birth with a program of readings and discussion moderated by author Sarah Pinsker on Wednesday, August 19 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm EDT. This virtual program brought together Bradbury biographer and science fiction writer Sam Weller; authors Justina Ireland and Michael Swanwick; and the presenter of the podcast Thrilling Tales: A Storytime for Grownups, Seattle Librarian David Wright.
“Ray Bradbury, A Master of Science Fiction” on BBC Radio’s The Forum
August 13, 2020 and available for streaming on demand
The Forum, BBC’s flagship radio program of discussion and commentary, celebrates the centenary of Ray Bradbury’s birth with the program “Ray Bradbury, a Master of Science Fiction.” Award winning broadcaster and writer Rajan Datar moderates a thoughtful and informed exploration of Bradbury’s varied and voluminous body of work with a panel of Bradbury scholars: Jonathan Eller, Chancellor’s Professor of English and Director of the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies at Indiana University; Miranda Corcoran specialist in science fiction and the gothic at University College Cork; and Phil Nichols who focuses on Bradbury, media, and film production at Wolverhampton University.
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.
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.
Radio West Book Club discusses Dandelion Wine with Jonathan Eller
June 29, 2020
Radio West Book Club and KUER public radio features Jonathan Eller, director of the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies and Chancellor’s Professor of English at Indiana University, in their spirited discussion of Ray Bradbury’s Dandelion Wine, a semi-autobiographical novel about a boy’s magical summer in a small midwestern town.
Listen to Eller discuss the places and people that inspired the timeless stories in Dandelion Wine by clicking the button below.
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.
Selected Stories by Ray Bradbury
May 20, 2020 - cancelled due to COVID-19
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.