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Ray Bradbury in Long Beach: 6/25/08

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Celebrated author, Ray Bradbury paid a visit to his favorite local bookstore, Acres of Books, Wednesday afternoon to show his love and support for the soon to be closing Long Beach landmark. With only a days notice, local press and fans still managed to fill the store's funky music room/gallery space to ask questions, take photos, get books signed and listen to reminiscences of a master story teller.

Mr. Bradbury is a great raconteur and no matter how many conventions, writers' groups or classrooms I've attended, I always enjoy hearing about his first sale of a story for 15 bucks or how Christopher Isherwood rang him up and told him Aldous Huxley wanted to meet him for tea or when he walked off the David Frost show. Not to mention, the sage advice to go out and do what you love and love what you do, but try to stay away from the movie business if you can help it, etc.. The author is in his eighties and doesn't make as many appearances as he used to, so if you get the opportunity to hear him speak like, let's say, at next month's San Diego Comic Con, do so. If instead you have a taste for the classics, the Fremont Centre Theatre in Pasadena has extended their run of Fahrenheit 451--the perfect play for these warm summer nights. (Story continued below photo gallery)