Articles tagged "Ray Bradbury"
Caution: serving a community sentence in a library for a minor crime may lead to a career as a mystery writer! It happened to Lance Hawvermale. He shares his experience below and explains how libraries continue to inspire him today:
I once served mandatory community service in a library.
As a crime writer, I need a good run-in with the law as part of my backstory, even if the crime in question was victimless and endangered no one but myself. The judge explained that the infraction would not appear on my permanent record if I agreed to perform 20 hours of service to my fellow Americans… in the local library.
Yes, Your Honor. I was born in that briar patch.
Flashback: A boy with neo-hippie hair is too slow for the track team and too easily bored for wood shop, and so he seeks refuge in the school library. Immediately to his left sits Ray Bradbury (Something Wicked This Way Comes), and on his right is William Goldman (Marathon Man). In between them, the boy feels safe. Safe from bullies. Safe from chemistry class. Safe from the possibility of having to say hello to a real live girl. As that very boy, I can tell you that courage can be shoveled from library shelves. I stormed the Bastille from that poorly padded chair; I followed Poe to a woman in a premature tomb; I stood on the docks beside Jay Gatsby and admired a light on a distant shore. But while I read one chapter after the next, Bradbury kept pushing my hand from the books toward my own pen and paper. He told me to strip-mine metaphors from these pages and then to write about the ore I discovered. The school librarian, at least, thought I was cool.
We're giving you a totally exclusive, never before seen, behind the scenes look into our twitter feed this week (you lucky librarians, you!). So much good stuff is going on, so instead of paraphrasing, we're serving it all up fresh straight from the tweeters' mouths. Enjoy!
We'll start with some tweets about the 4th Annual Librarian Shout 'n Share:
— Stephanie Chase (@acornsandnuts) June 7, 2012
— Robin B (@robinsbooks) June 11, 2012
And here are some people we really like tweeting about books we really like:
At first I thought @Scalzi’s Redshirts was going to be lite nerdy fare, and then I found myself crying.
— Bill Barnes (@billba) June 10, 2012
S Joinson"s engaging lst novel A Lady Cyclist's Guide to Kashgar: trag, & hope for 2 sets of characters living a world & many decades apart.
— Nancy Pearl (@Nancy_Pearl) June 8, 2012
Prize for best eye-punching title goes to My Heart Is an Idiot: Essays by Davy Rothbart (Sept., Farrar) #bea12
— Heather McCormack (@HuisceBeatha) June 6, 2012
— Tor Books (@torbooks) June 8, 2012
And here are a few things to read on your lunch break:
Read an excerpt from How To Build An Android: The True Story of Philip K. Dick's Robotic Resurrection huff.to/KDyMKT
— HenryHolt (@HenryHolt) June 8, 2012
— Bloomsbury Press (@BloomsburyPress) June 8, 2012
And, of course:
♫ Red Panda sittin' in the snow. N. A. P. P. I. N. G. ♫ twitter.com/EmergencyPuppy…
— Emergency Cute Stuff (@EmergencyPuppy) June 4, 2012