I’ve just finished reading Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451. I vividly remember reading it in 7th grade for a school assignment and it having a profound effect on me at the time. This time, as well, I read it “by assignment” for an upcoming PageTurner discussion group I’m moderating. Bradbury’s seminal work is being highlighted throughout the District in October. The irony comes in the fact that there is controversy brewing around the annual All Staff Training Day keynote speaker in September: Orson Scott Card. OSC is a giant in his field, an award-winning author and playwright, and it is a real coup for us to have gotten him to come. Oh, and he is pretty vocal about his beliefs, which may run contrary to some staffers’ beliefs. So at a time when we are celebrating a Community Read book on the evils of censorship, the Defenders of Free Speech and Equal Access, (some) workers in this Bastion of the Right To Read, are making (ugly) noises about OSC’s politics. About which he won’t be speaking. He’s coming to talk about science fiction. And fantasy. Ender’s Game. New movie (starring Harrison Ford for heaven’s sake!), etc., etc., Amen. You have the right to (respectfully) disagree.
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