Welcome to The Big Read
September 25-October 31, 2009
Can you feel the heat? The weather is cooling down just as the West Valley Arts Council is heating up! Our third annual Big Read program is kicking off across the Valley and we want to make sure you are in on the action!
Join us September 25-27 and score a one-of-a-kind Big Read tote packed with your Big Read essentials: a copy of Fahrenheit 451, a reader's guide, and more fire-themed schwag while supplies last!
A little HEAT, a little SPICE and BOOKS, that's NICE!
Kick Off Weekend Events
All events are held from 6-8pm.
9/25: Wild Thaiger, Phoenix
9/26: Los Sombreros Cafe & Cantina, Scottsdale
9/27: Old Pueblo Cafe & Pub, Old Town Litchfield Park
"Artists’ books are a marriage of form and craftsmanship, that supports a well developed content that is thought provoking and full of surprises."
Planning a trip? We all know what waiting at the airport feels like - so through March 31, 2010, take some time to examine the beautiful artist books on display at Phoenix Sky Harbor in the Terminal 3, Level 2 display cases. These creative works encourage viewers to examine books in a new light, as well as bring new life to old books.
by Lynn Neary
July 30, 2009
When Ray Bradbury was 15 years old, he saw images of books being burned in Hitler's Germany.
"It killed my heart and killed my soul," he says, "and the memory of Hitler burning the books caused me to sit down and write Fahrenheit 451."
Bradbury's novel imagines a future where firemen don't put out fires but, rather, set them in order to destroy books. It is the story of one fireman, Montag, who meets a strange young girl named Clarisse and begins to doubt the morality of his mission.
First published in 1953, it is now being released in an entirely new form: as a graphic novel.
A preview of the graphic novel version of 'Fahrenheit 451'.