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How a Librarian’s Suggestion Changed R.L. Stine’s Life Forever

I’m constantly amazed by what an impact Ray Bradbury had on people. I love telling people that we’re going to read Fahrenheit 451 together because I love to see their reactions. Bradbury and his work changed so many lives. One of those lives he changed is author R.L. Stine’s. You may have read his Goosebumps series when you were younger….

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Director of George W. Bush Presidential Library to Speak at Highland Park Cafeteria

If you’re as excited about the opening of George W. Bush Presidential Library as I am, you can’t miss this Sunday event. On January 13 at 5 p.m., director Alan C. Lowe will be giving a visual presentation at Highland Park Cafeteria of his mission and plans for the new library on SMU’s campus. A limited number of Presidential Library…

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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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Five Reasons Why You Should Date a Reader

I must confess. I’ve always wanted to write for a women’s magazine, something where I get to make a list, overuse the second person “you,” and offer crazy relationship advice. (Also on my bucket list: I’d like to write about abs for Men’s Health. This is especially humorous if you’ve seen me in person.) These women’s magazines are so intriguing…

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Forget Black Friday. Giving Tuesday!

Black Friday. Cyber Monday. Poor lonely Tuesday. Happily, the 92nd Street Y in New York City is spearheading this idea of #GivingTuesday. The Big Read is taking part. If you love us (or even just Like us), please think about donating to The Big Read instead of/along with purchasing a new TV to replace your perfectly awesome TV that you…

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The Big Read Dallas Partners With Dallas ISD Teen Board

Jacki McFarland, manager of Dallas ISD student initiatives, has a sweet Southern drawl that makes you feel wrapped inside a warm blanket. She’s a wonderful lady, and she has readily agreed to help D Academy with The Big Read Dallas project. Yesterday afternoon, Krista Nightengale and I presented in front of McFarland and the Dallas ISD Teen Board, a group…

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We’re Not Saying That If You Read Fahrenheit 451, You’ll Get Rich

But we’re not not saying that, either. A bit unrelated to the general purpose of this blog, but a dude in Massachusetts found $20,000 in a used book. Like a fool good person, he’s trying to find the original owner. All this goes to show, reading is valuable, folks. And that previously owned book you bought at Half Price might…

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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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