The Big Read Set to Begin in Redlands

March 12, 2009 -

A theatrical presentation of Ray Bradbury's "Fahrenheit 451" is planned as part of a kick-off to The Big Read in Redlands, an event designed to encourage residents to come together and read, discuss and celebrate the classic book.

The performance will be held March 15 at 3 p.m. and March 16 at 7 p.m. in the university's Orton Center at the University of Redlands. The event is free and open to the public. Free copies of "Fahrenheit 451," as well as readers' guides and audio guides, also will be available.

The University of Redlands and the A.K. Smiley Public Library received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to fund The Big Read in Redlands. The university and library were among 208 libraries, municipalities, and arts, culture, higher education and science organizations to receive a grant to host the program.

The goal of the program is to encourage reading and to strengthen the role of reading within American culture, according to information provided by the NEA.

The Big Read in Redlands activities will continue through April 25. Local events will include discussions of the book as well as programs addressing some of the larger social and political issues presented.

Set in the twenty-fourth century, "Fahrenheit 451" centers on a world in which control of the masses by the media, overpopulation and censorship are in full effect. The individual is not accepted and intellectuals are considered outlaws. Television has replaced the common perception of family. Books are considered evil because they press people to question and think. There also are no reminders of history and no appreciation of the past.

The Big Read is an initiative of the NEA and is presented in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and in cooperation with Arts Midwest. Transportation for The Big Read is provided by Ford.

Call 909-748-8285 for more information.

Contact: Leela MadhavaRau (909) 748-8285 (Phone)

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