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ArtsErie and Erie County Continue Celebrating ‘The Big Read’

posted on: Wednesday, October 21, 2009

ArtsErie and Erie County Continue Celebrating ‘The Big Read’

Author/Illustrator Tim Hamilton to speak about authorized Fahrenheit 451 graphic novel

ERIE, PAArtsErie continues to host events coinciding with its Big Read program in celebration of Ray Bradbury’s classic Fahrenheit 451. A presentation by author/illustrator Tim Hamilton has been added to the event schedule. Hamilton's authorized graphic novel adaptation of Fahrenheit 451 was published in 2009. His public presentation will take place from 5-6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 28 at East Senior High School, 1001 Atkins St. Hamilton then will sign books in the East Senior High School lobby until 6:30 p.m.

During the presentation, Hamilton will give some history about how he came to illustrate Fahrenheit 451 and how one adapts a work of serious fiction to the graphic medium. He will show thumbnail (early story-board style drafts) and concept sketches from Fahrenheit 451 and samples of some of the art history that he used to inspire the look for the adaptation. He will discuss how art history directs much of his work and how in this kind of graphic adaptation, the artist has to be casting agent, art director, storyboard artist and costume designer. He will also talk about the book’s color scheme, why he used it and the process of creating a graphic novel.

Tim Hamilton has produced art for The New York Times Book Review, Cicada magazine, King Features, BOOM! Studios, Mad magazine, DC Comics, Dark Horse Comics, ToyBiz and Nickelodeon magazine. He most recently adapted Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island into a graphic novel for Puffin Graphics. He lives in Brooklyn.

Activities in Erie County continue throughout October, including:

  • Sat, Oct. 24: Readers’ Theater Performance, Erie Playhouse
  • Mon, Oct. 26: Student-led Event, Frontier Park
  • Tue, Oct. 27: Movie Viewing & Discussion, Blasco Library
  • Wed, Oct. 28: Tim Hamilton Lecture, East High School
  • Thu, Oct. 29: Movie Viewing & Discussion, ECHA
  • Thu, Oct. 29: Culminating Celebration, Blasco Library

For more information and a full calendar of events for The Big Read–Erie, visit www.onebookerie.org or www.artserie.org . The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. The Big Read–Erie is presented in partnership with the Erie County Public Library’s “One Book, One Erie” program and the School District of the City of Erie.

The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Arts Midwest. For more information, please visit www.neabigread.org.

The National Endowment for the Arts is a public agency dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts—both new and established—bringing the arts to all Americans, and providing leadership in arts education. For more information, please visit www.arts.gov.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation's 122,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. To learn more about the Institute, please visit: www.imls.gov.

Arts Midwest connects people throughout the Midwest and the world to meaningful arts opportunities, sharing creativity, knowledge and understanding across boundaries. For more information, please visit www.artsmidwest.org .

ArtsErie strives to nurture the arts and enrich the lives of the people of northwestern Pennsylvania through leadership, financial support, education and advocacy. For more information, please visit www.ArtsErie.org .

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ArtsErie and Erie County to Kick-Off ‘The Big Read’ in Erie

posted on: Wednesday, September 23, 2009

September 23, 2009

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ArtsErie and Erie County to Kick-Off ‘The Big Read’ in Erie

ArtsErie partners with the Erie County Public Library and the Erie School District
to read and celebrate Ray Bradbury’s classic Fahrenheit 451 throughout October 2009

ERIE, PAArtsErie will launch its Big Read program in celebration of Ray Bradbury’s classic Fahrenheit 451 with a community kick-off on Thursday, Oct. 1 from 6-8 p.m. at the H.O. Hirt Auditorium in Blasco Library (160 East Front St., Erie). The Big Read–Erie is presented in partnership with the Erie County Public Library and the School District of the City of Erie.

The kick-off event will feature guest speaker John Repp, a writer and teacher, who will speak on “Banned Books Week.” Banned Books Week was created in 1982 to celebrate the freedom to read.

Fahrenheit 451 is important to students because it addresses fighting for a good cause—for the freedom to read,” says M. Holly Nowak, ArtsErie Arts in Education Program Manager, about why this book was selected.

Activities in Erie County will continue throughout October. To encourage community-wide participation in the project, ArtsErie, the Erie County Public Library and the School District of the City of Erie will offer a program of activities related to Fahrenheit 415, including book discussions, a film series, programs and lectures, a reader’s theater production, artist residencies and more.

The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. The NEA presents The Big Read in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and in cooperation with Arts Midwest. Erie is one of 269 communities nationwide participating in The Big Read from September 2009–June 2010. To date, the NEA has funded more than 800 Big Read programs in the nation’s towns and cities.

For a full calendar of events for The Big Read–Erie, click here or visit www.onebookerie.org.