Don't Burn 'Fahrenheit 451'--You'll Need It For This Year's Big Read
Wichita's Big Read program will take on a classic science fiction novel this year.
For its 9th year, Big Read Wichita has chosen Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451." The 1953 novel explores themes of censorship and freedom of information in a world where books are outlawed.
Stephanie Huff with the Wichita Public Library says that the book will tie in to different events around the community. There will be a screening of the film adaptation, a talk led by Ray Bradbury’s biographer, and a performance by the Wichita Sympony of two works that were composed under authoritarian governments: Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 24 and Shostakovich's Symphony No. 10.
“We had a great opportunity to work with the Wichita Sympony Orchestra on a special performance that has themes that tie directly into Ray Bradbury’s book," Huff says. "It was a perfect mix of having these great event opportunities that we could provide to the community with this title."
Huff says the Big Read is a "true city-wide event." The program runs from Oct. 1 through Nov. 15.
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