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Ray Bradbury Square Will Be Dedicated Today Outside Central Library

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Ray Bradbury at The 12th Annual L.A. Times Festival Of Books, 2007 (Photo: Charley Gallay/Getty Images Entertainment)
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Downtown's magnificent Central Library was one of prolific author Ray Bradbury's favorite places in Los Angeles, and today Ray Bradbury Square will be dedicated steps from the building in honor of the late sci-fi scribe.

Expected to attend the public 2 p.m. ceremony at the corner of 5th and Flower streets are actor Joe Mantegna, Bradbury’s daughter Sue Bradbury Nixon, literary friend Steven Paul Leiva, Councilmembers Jose Huizar and Paul Koretz, and others, according to a newsletter issued by Huizar's office.

Huizar proposed the idea, which was supported by Nixon, who said her father would be honored.

Bradbury, who never learned to drive, used his literary celebrity to call attention to the plight of libraries, which he said were crucial to his education. He died in June at age 91.

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