CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
THE RAY BRADBURY READ
August 22, 2016
12 Noon to 3 PM
Maguire Gardens - Downtown Los Angeles
On August 22, 2016, in celebration of the ninety-sixth anniversary of the birth of American and Angeleno literary great Ray Bradbury, the Ray Bradbury Read will take place in downtown Los Angeles from twelve noon to three p.m.
The Ray Bradbury Read will feature three hours of short readings from the works of Ray Bradbury; from his short stories, novels, poems, and essays.
The Ray Bradbury Read will happen in the beautiful setting of Maguire Gardens, situated between Bradbury’s beloved Central Library of Los Angeles and Ray Bradbury Square at the intersection of Fifth & Flower.
The readers of Bradbury’s work will be members of the public selected by the process described below. There will also be guest celebrity readers.
The event will gather its audience from the surrounding downtown workers on their lunch breaks and from all over greater Los Angeles.
The Ray Bradbury Read will be a casual event designed for drop-ins. Bring your lunch and stay for half an hour and feed your mind with the wonderful words of Bradbury; drop in for ten minutes for a quick infusion of some of the finest writing of the Twentieth-century, or stay for three hours and encourage our readers to soar on the wings of Ray Bradbury.
To be considered as a reader you must submit a proposal for a reading of a five-minute-or-under excerpt from one of Bradbury’s many works. The excerpt can come from any of Ray’s published prose and verse writings and should have a central theme, coherence, and completeness about it. More than one excerpt or poem can be read, as long as their reading time does not exceed five minutes. Excerpts from plays and screenplays will not be accepted.
You must submit your excerpt in a typed, double-spaced Word or PDF document. The date you are submitting the document should be at the top of page one, along with your name and contact information. Before the text of the excerpt, list the work it is from and, in the case of a story, essay, or poem, the collection you found it in. After the excerpt, you are more than welcome to add a few words of why you chose the excerpt and what it means to you.
The readers will be chosen by Steven Paul Leiva, the director of the Ray Bradbury Read, in consultation with the Ray Bradbury Read Board of Advisors:
Ray Bradbury’s Daughters:
Susan Bradbury Nixon
Jon Eller, director of the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies, Indiana University
Joe Mantegna, star of "The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit" (play & film) and long-time friend of Bradbury's.
Michael Congdon, Don Congdon Associates, Bradbury’s long-time agent.
Phil Nichols, blogger at www.bradburymedia.co.uk and Senior Advisor to the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies.
Jennifer Brehl, SVP, Executive Editor & Director of Editorial Development, Morrow and Voyager, imprints of HarperCollins Publishers., Bradbury’s editor for many years.
Howard Green, VP, Communications for Walt Disney Animation Studios, publicist on the film version of Something Wicked this Way Comes, long time friend.
Marsha LuMetta, Trustee of the Ray Bradbury Family Trust
Readers will be chosen based on what excerpts will make for the best possible program of readings for the afternoon, with a balance between the types and tones of Bradbury’s writings. In the case of duplicate excerpts proposed, if an excerpt is included in the program, the first submission of that excerpt will be chosen.
Submissions will be accepted between June 1 and July 15. Submissions should be sent as attachments to an email sent to Steven Paul Leiva at firstname.lastname@example.org. Readers will be chosen and informed by August 8.
A PARTIAL LISTING OF RAY BRADBURY’S WORKS
(1950) The Martian Chronicles
(1953) Fahrenheit 451
(1957) Dandelion Wine
(1962) Something Wicked This Way Comes
(1972) The Halloween Tree
(1985) Death is a Lonely Business
(1990) A Graveyard for Lunatics
(1992) Green Shadows, White Whale
(2001) From Dust Returned
(2002) Let's All Kill Constance
(2006) Farewell Summer
Collections of Short Stories
(1947) Dark Carnival
(1951) The Illustrated Man
(1953) The Golden Apples of the Sun (The Golden Apples of the Sun and Other Stories (1997); as A Sound of Thunder (2005)
(1955) The October Country
(1984) A Memory of Murder
(1988) The Toynbee Convector
(1996) Quicker Than The Eye
(1997) Driving Blind
(2003) Bradbury Stories: 100 of His Most Celebrated Tales
(2005) A Sound of Thunder and Other Stories
(2007) Now and Forever: Somewhere a Band is Playing & Leviathan ‘99
(2007) Summer Morning, Summer Night
(2010) A Pleasure to Burn
(2011) The Collected Stories of Ray Bradbury: A Critical Edition – Volume 1, 1938–1943
(2014) The Collected Stories of Ray Bradbury: A Critical Edition – Volume 2, 1943–1944
(1973) When Elephants Last in the Dooryard Bloomed
(1977) Where Robot Mice and Robot Men Run Round in Robot Towns
(1981) The Haunted Computer and the Android Pope
(2002) They Have Not Seen the Stars: The Collected Poems of Ray Bradbury