Friday, May 27, 2016

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS -- THE RAY BRADBURY READ August 22, 2016



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
Ramona Ostergren
Bettina Bradbury
Alexandra Bradbury
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 stevenpaulleiva@aol.com.  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
(1990) Classic Stories 1
(1990) Classic Stories 2
(1996) Quicker Than The Eye
(1997) Driving Blind
(2002) One More for the Road
(2003) Bradbury Stories: 100 of His Most Celebrated Tales
(2004) The Cat’s Pajamas: Stories
(2005) A Sound of Thunder and Other Stories
(2007) Now and Forever: Somewhere a Band is Playing & Leviathan ‘99
(2007) Summer Morning, Summer Night
(2009) We’ll Always Have Paris: Stories
(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





Non-fiction
(1990) Zen in the Art of Writing
(1991) Yestermorrow: Obvious Answers to Impossible Futures
(2005) Bradbury Speaks: Too Soon from the Cave, Too Far from the Stars


Poetry
(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

Monday, May 23, 2016

BLOOD IS PRETTY EBOOK ON SALE FOR LIMITED TIME - ONLY 99 CENTS



Starting today and running until June 5 the eBook edition of my first Fixxer adventure, BLOOD IS PRETTY is going on sale for only 99 CENTS! When discussing dates for this sale period with my publisher, Handsome David Wilson of Crossroad Press, I picked these particular dates as they encompass my birthday (May 26) -- and I thought it would be a fine thing to offer a discount as sort of a party favor for all my friends out there in digital space -- AND the birthday of my dear darling daughter, Nanette (June 5), who has always been one of the best presents I have ever received.

So, join the party! Order your eBook now from Amazon for your Kindle or Kindle reader app.

And for those who are already fans of the book, thank’s for your support and please pass this onto on to your friends. Here are the links for the US and the UK where BLOOD IS PRETTY is on sale for 99 PENCE!

Amazon US: http://tinyurl.com/nmppdlg





Wednesday, May 11, 2016

POPULAR INTERNET PERSONALITY JEFF CANNATA TO READ AT THE RAY BRADBURY READ




I am pleased to announce that popular Internet personality Jeff Cannata will join actors Joe Mantegna (Criminal Minds) and Seamus Dever (Castle), and L.A. City Councilmember Jose Huizar (14th District) as a celebrity reader at the Ray Bradbury Read August 22 in Maguire Gardens, just off Ray Bradbury Square (Fifth & Flower) in downtown Los Angeles (subject to availability).




The celebrity readers will join members of the public in reading excerpts from the novels, stories, poems, and essays of the American literary master in celebration of the ninety-sixth anniversary of his birth. The read will take place from 12 noon to three P.M.


Cannata first gained notice on the Internet by co-hosting The Totally Rad Show with Alex Albrecht and Dan Trachtenberg. The Totally Rad Show was a Webby award-winning video podcast of reviews and commentary on pop-culture phenomena such as movies, videos games, television programs, and comic books. 



The show ran for five years, ending in 2012 when Trachtenberg was tapped to direct the feature film 10 Cloverfield Lane for J.J. Abrams.


Cannata went on to create his own popular video podcast, Newest, Latest, Best (NLB) 



and appears on a number of Internet shows including the videogame-themed DLC, an Entertainment Weekly “Must Listen” podcast. Cannata co-created and co-hosts with Anthony Carboni, We Have Concerns, a comedy podcast wherein they take interesting or unusual news stories and pick them apart to reveal their own existential dread and the hilarity therein. It was named an iTunes Best of 2014 podcast.




Additionally, Jeff is an actor who has appeared on such TV shows as Scandal, Shameless, and The Mentalist and performs regularly on Los Angeles stages. He starred in the Edgar Award-winning comedy mystery The Psychic by Sam Bobrick.


A long time Ray Bradbury fan, Jeff participated in Ray Bradbury Week In 2012 by performing in a staged reading of the Bradbury one-act play, "The Better Part of Wisdom," along with James Cromwell and Seamus Dever.




More information on the Ray Bradbury Read can be had at http://tinyurl.com/gvydnfa


To contact Jeffrey Cannata: Jennifer A. DaRe, Mgr. 323-230-5360


I can be reached at 818-679-2825


Tuesday, April 26, 2016

CASTLE'S SEAMUS DEVER TO BE A CELEBRITY READER AT THE RAY BRADBURY READ




I’m pleased to announce that actor Seamus Dever will be one of our celebrity readers at the Ray Bradbury Read August 22 in Maguire Gardens, just off Ray Bradbury Square in downtown Los Angeles (subject to availability).







Seamus is well known for playing Detective Kevin Ryan for the past eight seasons on ABC’s popular show, Castle.








Seamus will join actor Joe Mantegna ("Criminal Minds") and Los Angeles City Councilmember Joe Huizar, 













and members of the public in reading excerpts from the novels, stories, poems, and essays of the American literary master in celebration the ninety-sixth anniversary of his birth.




The multi-talented Dever -- he’s a singer as well as an actor -- also participated in Ray Bradbury Week in 2010, a week-long series of events honoring Bradbury on his 90th birthday. Dever performed in a stage reading at the Writers Guild of America of Bradbury’s one-act play, The Better Part of Wisdom, along with James Cromwell and Jeff Cannata. The one-act was one of Bradbury’s favorites, and he was greatly moved by the reading and the performances.


It’s wonderful to have Seamus with us for another tribute to this great American author whose novels, stories, poems, and essays -- not to mention his presence in millions of lives -- have meant so much to so many.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

L.A. COUNCILMENBER JOSE HUIZAR TO BE A CELEBRITY READER AT THE RAY BRADBURY READ




I’m pleased to announce that Los Angeles City Councilmember, Jose Huizar 



has joined actor Joe Mantegna as a celebrity reader during the Ray Bradbury Read on August 22, 2016.



The Ray Bradbury Read will be a three-hour (12 noon to 3) event in Maguire Gardens situated between the Los Angeles Central Library and Ray Bradbury Square in downtown Los Angeles. The read will see public readings of excerpts from the novels, stories, poetry, and essays of Ray Bradbury, one of the most popular and important American writers of the Twentieth-century, and a great lover of the city of Los Angeles.

Most of the readers will be chosen from the public submitting proposals of excerpts to read, but several celebrity readers will read as well.

It is wonderfully appropriate that Councilmember Huizar should be one of those readers, as I believe Ray would have been thrilled with the Councilmember’s dedicated work toward making downtown Los Angeles a very livable area though his “Complete Streets” proposals, ushering in groundbreaking pedestrian and bike-friendly policies that are seen as the model for the entire City.  Ray was a long time proponent of “humanizing” L.A. by getting people out of their cars and onto the streets and sidewalks to shop, eat, commune, and appreciate their surroundings.

I am currently working on inviting other celebrity readers, as well as designing the method by which members of the public can propose excerpts from Bradbury’s works that the would like to read, and which proposals will be chosen. I hope to have a Call for Submissions out by June 1.

You can keep informed of my progress by checking in on my blog at: http://tinyurl.com/leivablog

Or going to the Ray Bradbury Read event Facebook Page at: http://tinyurl.com/rbrevent


Councilmember Jose Huizar at the dedication of Ray Bradbury Square 

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

ANNOUNCING A NEW TRIBUTE TO RAY BRADBURY -- THE RAY BRADBURY READ





Ray Bradbury was a great and important Twentieth Century American writer. 




His novels, such as The Martian Chronicles, Fahrenheit 451, and Dandelion Wine, as well as hundreds of short stories, poems, and essays, now have a permanent place in American culture. He also established a fine international reputation and is as beloved overseas as he is here. Truly if any writer became a literary citizen of planet Earth, it was Ray Bradbury.


And yet, Ray Bradbury was deeply an Angeleno, with Los Angeles shaping not only the writer but the man. Born in 1920, Ray moved to L.A. in 1934, falling instantly in love with this city. 





It was a love that never diminished.  From its beaches to Hollywood 
to its diverse ethnic population to its great libraries (especially the downtown Central Library), Ray fed off the energy of Los Angeles and converted that energy into fine writing.


In order to pay tribute to Ray on his ninetieth birthday, I instigated and organized Ray Bradbury Week in Los Angeles in 2010. 




With great encouragement and assistance by the then president of the L.A. City Council, and now Los Angeles mayor, Eric Garcetti, and the Bradbury family, I was able to put together a week-long series of events in coordination with, and the participation of, the Writers Guild of America, west, Hugh Hefner and the Playboy Foundation, the Central Library of the LAPL, and the Paley Center for Media.




In 2012, I spearheaded an effort, working closely with Councilmembers Paul Koretz and Jose Huizar, the Central Library, Maguire Gardens at the Central Library, downtown L.A. business leaders, and the Bradbury family, to have the intersection of Fifth & Flower dedicated as Ray Bradbury Square.





Last year I conceived of, and since then have been working on, an event that could become an annual tribute to Ray Bradbury here in Los Angeles. It is an event that will not only be a tribute to Ray, demonstrating Los Angeles' love for him, but will also call attention to downtown L.A., our Central Library, the beauty of Maguire Gardens, and the existence of Ray Bradbury Square. I would love to see Ray Bradbury Square become a destination for all literary Angelenos and for visitors from around the world.


On August 22, 2016—Ray Bradbury’s birthday— we will hold The Ray Bradbury Read in Maguire Gardens, 




situated between the Central Library 



and Ray Bradbury Square. 




It will be a fairly simple three-hour event held from noon to three during which people will read from the work of Ray Bradbury. The public is, of course, invited, and we hope to draw many downtown workers to drop by during their lunch break and have their meal in the gardens listening to wonderful words of Ray Bradbury.


Most of the readers will come from the public to be chosen by a method yet to be decided. But we hope to have celebrity readers as well reading from Ray’s work. The celebrities could come from entertainment (film, TV, theater, sports), literature (authors influenced by Ray, or just ones who love him), science (such as individuals involved in space exploration, or the study of dinosaurs), and even politics, or better said, civic service (councilmembers, the mayor, members of congress, etc.). 

Already actor Joe Mantegna 



has agreed to be a reader subject to availability.


I have the full support of Ray Bradbury’s four daughters, and they have joined an exciting board of advisers I will call upon to help in shaping the program for the read.


The full board of advisers for the Ray Bradbury Read are:


Ray Bradbury’s Daughters:
Susan Bradbury Nixon
Ramona Ostergren
Bettina Bradbury
Alexandra Bradbury
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 Ray's.


Michael Congdon, Don Congdon Associates, Ray’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., Ray’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


I am being joined by some wonderful people and institutions in putting together the Ray Bradbury Read:


The Los Angeles Public Library and City Librarian John Szabo & library staff.


The Maguire Gardens and their property management company, Heins


Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti & staff.


Los Angeles City Councilmember for the 14th District Jose Huizar & staff.


In the coming weeks I’ll be seeking support from downtown L.A. businesses and possibly sponsorship from media outlets.


And I’ll be asking for volunteers for the event and for services.


The event, at the moment, has no budget. I hope to keep it a simple celebration of Ray Bradbury and his words on the anniversary of his birth.  


I have created a Facebook event page for the Ray Bradbury Read, and you can find it here:




And you can find information my personal blog at: http://stevenpaulleivasthisnthat.blogspot.com/

Keep checking both for updates.