What an awesome idea! Ray Bradbury, famous author, is upset that the libraries are closing in his home state of California. To raise awareness and money, he is holding discussions and screenings of a movie based on a short story.
Excerpt from article:
“A Literary Legend Fights for a Local Library” on June 20, 2009 of the New York Times
“In January the branch was told that unless it came up with $280,000 it would close. The branch’s private fund-raising group, San Buenaventura Friends of the Library, has until March to reach its goal; so far it has raised $80,000.
Enter Mr. Bradbury. While at a meeting concerning the library, Berta Steele, vice president of the friends group, ran into Michael Kelly, a local artist who runs the Ray Bradbury Theater and Film Foundation, a group dedicated to arts and literacy advocacy. Mr. Kelly told Ms. Steele that he could get Mr. Bradbury up to Ventura to help the library’s cause.
On Saturday, the two organizations will host a $25-a-head discussion with Mr. Bradbury and present a screening of “The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit,” a film based on his short story of the same name.”
Read more at: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/20/us/20ventura.html