Centennial

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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
Pasadena, CA

The Caltech Beckman Theater will present 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.

ConCoction

March 20-22, 2020 - Virtual. Physical event cancelled due to COVID-19 virus.
Cleveland, Ohio

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
Online

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
Online

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

Online

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
Chicago, IL

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, 10am - 6pm CDT
Online

Bradbury’s hometown of Waukegan, Illinois will celebrate Bradbury’s Centennial year with a reading of Dandelion Wine by celebrity fans. The readings will be live-streamed on Facebook beginning  at 10am CDT. Other programs and events for the virtual festival will also be available live on Facebook.

American Library Association Convention

June 25–30, 2020 - cancelled due to COVID-19 virus
Chicago, IL

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.

Comic-Con International

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.
Online

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.

Smithsonian Air and Space Museum

Beginning in 2021
Washington, DC

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.

Raleigh Bikes

Aug. 22 & 29, 2020
Venice, CA & Washington, D.C.

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.

Friends of the Venice Library

August 22, 2020
Venice, CA

This year’s annual meeting is dedicated to 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 focusing on Bradbury’s life in Venice.

Library of Congress

August 29, 2020
Washington, DC

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
Denver, CO

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.

Mars: The Red Mirror

November 24 2020—April 25 2021
Barcelona, Spain

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

May 2021
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.