On Wednesday, October 23rd at 8:00 a.m., a 53-foot trailer pulled into Waukegan carrying 19,300 pounds of Ray Bradbury’s personal collection of books and manuscripts. Included on the trailer was one of Ray’s typewriters, posters from his home, a large portrait of Ray, bottles of Dandelion Wine, and a garage full of overstock Bradbury paperbacks. The Library was named as a beneficiary of Bradbury’s estate in January.
The delivery arrives just in time for this Friday’s award-winning Eighth Annual Ray Bradbury Storytelling Festival at 7:30 p.m. This year’s theme, Fahrenheit 451, highlights banned and burned books through history. Acclaimed storytellers Megan Wells, Jim May, and Jay O’Callahan, will perform stories from banned books on the stage of the Genesee Theatre, including Bradbury’s famous novel about a future with no books, Fahrenheit 451.
One hundred copies of Fahrenheit 451, found in Ray’s garage in Los Angeles, were brought to Waukegan with the estate items and will be given to the first one hundred people attending the Ray Bradbury Storytelling Festival at the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan on Friday night. Doors for the performance open at 6:30 p.m.
“We are excited to have the Bradbury collection in Ray’s hometown and look forward to taking care of his personal library,” said Waukegan Public Library Director Richard Lee, returning from his trip to the Bradbury home in Los Angeles. Lee will start the Festival this year with a slideshow and commentary about his travels.
Sponsored by the Waukegan Public Library, the Ray Bradbury Storytelling Festival features a 10:30 a.m. children’s matinee and an evening performance at 7:30 p.m. recommended for listeners 12 and older. Tickets are $17 for the evening show and $6 for the school matinee at the Genesee box office or www.ticketmaster.com. Library patrons can present any library card and receive $1 off at the box office.