Friday, August 20, 2010

Ray Bradbury Week in Los Angeles

It was my honor today to declare Ray Bradbury week in the City of Los Angeles in honor of the literary giant's 90th birthday. I am pleasedto report that Ray is still going strong -- he was first published atage 20 and soon, 70-years later, he will publish a collection of new short stories, tentatively-titled "Juggernaut." Some of Bradbury's best-known works include "Fahrenheit 451" and "The Martian Chronicles."

Bradbury, who has been recognized with a special Pulitzer Prize andthe National Medal of Arts, notes that he "graduated" from the Los Angeles public library system, having been unable to afford college, and since then he has publicly and privately been the foremost champion of our libraries.

Bradbury once wrote, "Los Angeles is everything you want to be." He is a true treasure of this city.