Ray Bradbury’s Centennial
Celebrate the centennial of the life and work of Bradbury at these upcoming events.
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.
March 20-22, 2020 - Virtual convention. Physical gathering cancelled due to COVID-19 virus.
Ray Bradbury was to have a significant presence at this full-spectrum, multi-genre fantasy and science fiction convention.
However, the convention held a virtual cosplay contest and hosted virtual gaming online.
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.
Museum of Popular Culture Book Club
April 17 - May 15, 2020
The Museum of Popular Culture’s recently launched 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
July 23–26, 2020 - cancelled due to COVID-19 virus
San Diego, CA
To honor and celebrate the Ray Bradbury Centennial, the Comic-Con souvenir book will feature Bradbury-related articles and the author on its cover.
Since Comic-Con 2020 has been cancelled, the souvenir book will be distributed digitally.
78th World Science Fiction Convention: "CoNZealand"
July 29–August 2, 2020 - Virtual convention. Physical gathering cancelled due to COVID-19 virus.
A representative from The Center for Ray Bradbury Studies will appear on panels and other programming at the virtual convention, including a tour of the Center in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Los Angeles Public Library
August 1–29, 2020
Los Angeles, CA
The twelve branches of the library have scheduled different programs which will include Bradbury’s influence on Hollywood over the years, and screenings of the film adaptations of Something This Way Comes and Fahrenheit 451.
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 and the Contributing Libraries and Institutions (list in formation) 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 (Texas), Dallas Public Library (Texas), Des Moines Public Library and Library Foundation (Ohio), 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), Waukegan Parks District and Library (Illinois)
Check back for details on how to watch on YouTube and Instagram.
Aug. 22 & 29, 2020
Venice, CA & Washington, DC
To celebrate Bradbury’s lifelong love of traveling via bicycle, Raleigh Bikes has donated several bicycles which will be given away during Centennial events at the Library of Congress National Book Festival and the Friends of the Venice branch of the Los Angeles Public Library.
Due to COVID-19, the Friends of the Venice Library bicycle raffle will be delayed. Please check the Friends of the Venice Library webpage for more information.
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 may 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.
Library of Congress
August 29, 2020
The National Book Festival Gala will recognize Ray Bradbury’s literary works at its annual event. One event tentatively scheduled is the appearance of African American astronaut Leland Melvin whose life was inspired by Bradbury. In addition, plans are underway for scientist Ann Druyan and sci-fi novelist Mary Robinette Kowal to join in Bradbury related events.
National Council of Teachers of English
November 19–22, 2020
High school and university students will receive the first Ray Bradbury Writing Awards in Fiction Writing. In previous years the awards have been presented by luminaries such as President Clinton, pictured here.
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.
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.
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.