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Famous Novelists on Symbolism in Their Work and Whether It Was Intentional

It was 1963, and 16-year-old Bruce McAllister was sick of symbol-hunting in English class. Rather than quarrel with his teacher, he went straight to the source: McAllister mailed a crude, four-question survey to 150 novelists, asking if they intentionally planted symbolism in their work. Seventy-five authors responded. Here’s what 12 of them had to [...]

At the Libraries: What’s a Librarian Worth?

Each week Miss Kathleen provides links to a variety of stories about libraries, authors, and books. If there’s something noteworthy going on in your local library, leave us a comment! *** What’s a librarian worth these days, anyhow? Well, I am glad you asked! * The New Yorker has some pretty hilarious readers. Their latest contest for literary/corporate mashups [...]

Ray Bradbury Tribute Art

Artist Max Miller was moved the passing of author Ray Bradbury and quickly drew this tribute. Link -Thanks, Max!

The Late Movies: Ray Bradbury, Interviewed

Today we learned that we had lost Ray Bradbury. Tonight, let’s listen to the author speak about his life and career. If you watch nothing else in this list, scroll down and pick one of the short clips from 1968 — they’re all terrific. On Books, Literacy, and Fahrenheit 451 Bradbury interviewed in a short [...]

Ray Bradbury’s Letter: All My Friends Were On The Shelves Above

  Ray Bradbury, who just passed away, wrote this letter in 2006 about how he wrote his novella The Fireman, which later got expanded into Fahrenheit 451, by renting a typewriter in the basement of the UCLA library. Letters of Note has the post: Link

Remembering Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury died yesterday at the age of 91. Best known for his novel Fahrenheit 451, Bradbury was a prolific writer and a tireless advocate for libraries. My favorite work of his is the short story The Veldt, which both scared and inspired me as a kid — that story was one of [...]

At the Libraries: The Men of the Stacks

Each week Miss Kathleen provides links to a variety of stories about libraries, authors, and books. If there’s something noteworthy going on in your local library, leave us a comment! I first saw this piece on The M Word a few days ago, but now it is all over the internets. What library news item could [...]

An Evening With Ray Bradbury, 2001

In this hour-long video from 2001, sci-fi author Ray Bradbury gives the keynote address of The Sixth Annual Writer’s Symposium by the Sea. Walking to the podium very slowly, with the help of his cane, the then-80-year-old Bradbury proceeds to laugh and then to settle into a steady stream of advice and anecdotes about his [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Famous Authors Who Tried Scriptwriting

During the holiday season, I was doing some research for a story and discovered that the uber-sarcastic Dorothy Parker did some work on the script for the saccharine and sappy It’s a Wonderful Life (that’s not a slam, by the way, I love that movie). Apparently lots of famous writers have put in their time [...]