10th Annual Ray Bradbury Storytelling Festival: The Art of Storytelling

STF-2015-8.5-x-11-Flyer_0Stories will be spun for the tenth year in a row at the Ray Bradbury Storytelling Festival on Friday, October 30, 2015 at 7:30pm at Waukegan’s historic Genesee Theatre. This year, the award-winning Festival will feature an all-Bradbury program that will be sure to delight fans of Waukegan’s famous son. The Storytelling Festival will also kick off the Library’s Big Read: a four-month celebration of Bradbury’s landmark novel Fahrenheit 451.

Five acclaimed storytellers will return to the Genesee Theatre to tackle some of Ray Bradbury’s most iconic works – from Fahrenheit 451 to October Country to Dandelion Wine, one of many works to feature Waukegan re-imagined as “Green Town.” Hosted by the Waukegan Public Library, the festival will be a celebration of Bradbury’s literary genius.

Storytellers Jim May, Oba William King, Carol Birch and Bill Oberst Jr. will join Artistic Director Megan wells for an evening of stories culled from Bradbury’s short stories and novel Dandelion WineDandelion Wine is the first of three novels set in Green Town, which was Brabdury’s way of recapturing the rapidly disappearing Midwestern country town of his memory.

The 10th Annual Ray Bradbury Storytelling Festival is the kick-off event for Waukegan Public Library’s Big Read, a project of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. The Library was awarded an $8000 grant to sponsor four months of community-wide programming focused on Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451. The Library’s Big Read grant will fund a keynote workshop with Professor Jon Eller of the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies at Indiana University, readers’ groups in CUSD 60 schools, literacy initiatives designed to bring Fahrenheit 451 to English language learners, fun family activities and more. In particular, the Library’s programming will focus on making the novel’s themes relevant to high school students through innovative programming such as a planned “Broadcasting Bradbury” podcast session.

The Big Read aims to promote literacy by engaging communities in an ongoing discussion about a book, supported by community events. Waukegan Public Library’s Big Read will run from October 30, 2015 through February 2016.

Tickets for the 10th Annual Ray Bradbury Storytelling Festival on sale now at the Genesee Theatre and at ticketmaster.com. For more information about storytelling, this year’s program, or ticketing information, please contact Amanda Civitello, Marketing and Communications Manager at the Waukegan Public Library, at amandacivitello@waukeganpl.infoor 847-775-2560.