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Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury, who was born in 1920, was a longtime resident of Los Angeles, but, after he died in 2012, his home was sold and his belongings were sent to Waukegan, Illinois, where he grew up. So the beloved writer and library supporter’s California home is not a tour-able landmark, but a visit to our Los Angeles Central Library page will take you to a literary place he loved and often worked.

Watch and listen to these clips about Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, thanks to the National Endowment for the Arts website.

An aspiring writer and fan, whom Bradbury befriended in his twilight years, recounted personal experiences with the writer here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/todd-klick/goodbye-ray-bradbury-my-f_b_1595099.html.

A bibliography of the author’s books can be found here: https://www.fantasticfiction.com/b/ray-bradbury.

“Science fiction is any idea that occurs in the head and doesn’t exist yet, but soon will, and will change everything for everybody, and nothing will ever be the same again. As soon as you have an idea that changes some small part of the world you are writing science fiction. It is always the art of the possible, never the impossible.” — Ray Bradbury

Waukegan Museum

A tour-able permanent landmark museum commemorating his life and work is in process in Waukegan, so not on our Illinois trail yet. Scheduled to open in 2020, the landmark will be called the Ray Bradbury Experience Museum and will be located at 13 North Genesee Street.

Currently, a small park is named after the author in Waukegan, which was designated as an American Library Association Literary Landmark on March 19, 2019, according to the Chicago Tribune, at 41 North Park Avenue. It is approximately a block from his boyhood home in Waukegan (approximate population 88,000), which is not open to the public.

A statue honoring his birthday was unveiled outside the Waukegan Public Library in 2019. Read the article here: https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs.

After the museum opens, it will be added to the Illinois Author Adventures Trail.

Patricia Smart