Copies of ‘Fahrenheit 451’ to be given away at Bradbury festival
By Dan Moran firstname.lastname@example.org | @NewsSunDanMoran October 24, 2013 7:28PM
Overstock copies of "Fahrenheit 451" lined the shelves of Ray Bradburys home in Los Angeles.| Courtesy of Waukega Friday evening, Oct. 25 | Courtesy of Waukegan Public Library
Updated: November 26, 2013 6:22AM
The first 100 people attending the 8th annual Ray Bradbury Storytelling Festival at the Genesee Theatre on Friday, Oct. 25, will be given a copy of “Fahrenheit 451” from a collection that just last week was sitting in the late author’s Los Angeles garage.
Waukegan Public Library officials announced on Thursday, Oct. 24, that they were going forward with plans to hand out the books after successfully uncovering them among 500 boxes of items trucked across the country from Bradbury’s home.
Library executive director said last week that the idea of handing out the books to festivalgoers would depend on how the unpacking process went, and spokeswoman Rena Morrow said the process struck gold shortly after the truck arrived on Wednesday.
“It was amazing — Richard opened one of the first boxes off the truck, and there were 36 in that one alone,” said Morrow, referring to overstock copies of the 1953 dystopian novel, which won the 1954 American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature and was adapted into film by French director Francois Truffaut in 1966.
The copies, which Bradbury received from his publisher and stored on shelves in his garage, were among some 19,300 pounds of items given to the library by the Waukegan-born author’s estate. According to Morrow, the treasures also include “one of Ray’s typewriters, posters from his home, a large portrait of Ray (and) bottles of Dandelion Wine.”
The doors are scheduled to open at 6:30 p.m. for the storytelling festival, which coincidentally has a “Fahrenheit 451” theme for 2013. Tickets are $17 and will be available at the Genesee box office prior to the 7:30 p.m. performance.
Prior to performances by storytellers Jim May, Jay O’Callahan and Megan Wells, Lee will present a slideshow about his trip to Bradbury’s home to pick up the estate items last week.
For more information on the festival, visit www.geneseetheatre.com.