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Fahrenheit 451

Dallas Morning News: Big D Reads Makes a Timely and Relevant Pick

From the March 25 Dallas Morning News editorial page: Big D Reads makes a timely and relevant pick Chances are you haven’t read Anne Frank’s The Diary of a Young Girl since you were an adolescent student. But its themes of generosity versus betrayal and hate versus hope have uncanny relevance in 2016. That’s why we salute the folks behind…

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Growing up with Science Fiction

Last night, Wordspace hosted a discussion at the Half Price Books on Northwest Highway. This event was in conjunction with the Big Read and Wordspace’s OffWorld science fiction readers’ club. The theme revolved around “growing up with science fiction.” Charles Dee Mitchell moderated the panel with Jerome Weeks (KERA radio producer and friend of books), Ken Ruffin (president of the…

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Discussing Censorship

Meet Kendell Long, at 15-year-old 10th grader at the Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy. We met Long during a tour of his school. We told him about The Big Read, and asked if he’d like to blog for us. He not only said yes, but set up a schedule, and got to work immediately. Long does it all—he’s the president…

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Reader for Life

Today, we distributed copies of Fahrenheit 451 to the ninth and tenth graders at Trinidad Garza Early College High School. It was a great event. Mountain View College President Felix Zamora gave a few opening remarks, as well as Trini Garza principal Dr. Janice Lombardi. Dallas City Council member Delia Jasso was our keynote speaker. Best of all, the school’s…

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The Untortured Artist

Taken from the New York Times, “Lessons for the Living From the Departed,” some thoughts on what Ray Bradbury’s life teaches us about creating with joy: Shortly before his 90th birthday, when asked which moment of his life he’d return to were time travel possible, Ray Bradbury told his interviewer: “Every. Single. Moment. Every single moment of my life has…

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Bradbury Knew That Being a Nerd Takes Courage

“I’ve noticed a certain anti-intellectualism going around this country, ever since 1980. Coincidentally enough.  I went to a Waffle House. I sat down, and I’m eating, and I’m reading a book. I’m alone. I’m eating. And I’m reading a book. This waitress comes over to me. ‘Whatcha reading for?’ Wow. I’ve never been asked that. Not ‘what am I reading,’…

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Why Fahrenheit 451 ?

The deadline for the grant for The Big Read was nearing. In our defense, we had just heard about the program and just found our partner. It was a cool Saturday afternoon in January. A handful of us gathered in the conference room in D‘s office. We were all sitting around the table looking at the list of books the…

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The Power of Words: How Fahrenheit 451 Inspired a 13-year-old Boy to Think Outside the Box

It seems strange, looking back now, how much one book—one I first read when I was 13 years old—would influence my career, and my thoughts about the world. The book is Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, and I was in eighth grade. I wasn’t a particular fan of Bradbury’s, or of science fiction, or of keeping up with teacher-assigned reading….

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