Rutgers–Camden Center for the Arts to Host The Big Read for Seventh Consecutive Year


Full schedule of events planned around Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451

By Tom McLaughlin

Camden residents are once again invited to join an avid book club potentially numbering in the thousands, as the Rutgers–Camden Center for the Arts celebrates Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury through lively discussions and innovative activities in fall 2016.

Thanks to a $14,600 National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) grant, the Rutgers–Camden Center for the Arts has been named a grantee of The Big Read. Participating for the seventh year, the center is one of only four organizations from New Jersey to be selected for the upcoming year, and one of only 77 organizations to earn the nod nationwide.

“This will be our seventh Big Read program, and they just keep getting bigger and better. Our Camden audiences really look forward to these annual events,” says Noreen Scott Garrity, associate director and curator of education for the Rutgers–Camden Center for the Arts. “We host a variety of events geared towards different age groups. They are highly anticipated.”

Beginning the two-month celebration in October, the Rutgers–Camden Center for the Arts will host a number of events as follows:

the-big-read-logosFamily-Friendly Kick-Off Celebration

Saturday, Oct. 1, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Northgate Park, located at Sixth and Elm streets in Camden. The kickoff event will feature storyteller Kyle Jakubowski, an Audubon resident and 2005 graduate of Rutgers–Camden, who will delight listeners with “Not-So-Scary Sci-Fi Tales.” There will also be art activities, signups for book-discussion groups, and giveaways. Each participant will receive a copy of Fahrenheit 451 or an age-appropriate companion book.

Storytelling Program

Thursday, Oct. 27, at 5:30 p.m. Children will delight as Jakubowski presents “Not-So-Scary Stories,” featuring Switch on the Night by Ray Bradbury, in the Camden County Library Nilsa I. Cruz-Perez Downtown Branch on the Rutgers–Camden campus. For ages 12 and under. Space is limited. To reserve a space, contact Miranda Powell at (856) 225-6202.

Lecture Series

A lecture series will be held in the Stedman Gallery, located in the Fine Arts Building on the Rutgers–Camden campus.

Thursday, Oct. 20, at 5:30 p.m. Tim Hamilton, creator of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451: The Authorized Adaptation graphic novel, will deliver a keynote address. Hamilton will discuss his process for adapting the classic novel, which includes a foreward by Bradbury and was nominated for a Will Eisner Comic Industry Award for “Best Adaptation of Another Work.”

Thursday, Oct. 27, at 12:15 p.m. Keith Green, associate professor of English and director of the Africana Studies program at Rutgers–Camden, will present “Black Science Fiction,” exploring science fiction produced by people of African descent in the 20th and 21st centuries.

bigreadfoldingTuesday, Nov. 1, at 12:15 p.m. Jillian Sayre, assistant professor of English at Rutgers–Camden, will present “The Lies that Books Tell,” exploring the revolutionary work of writing – and reading – imaginative literature.

“Living Books” Performance

Thursday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m. in the Raptor Roost, located in the Campus Center on the Rutgers–Camden campus. Fractured Mirror Productions will present “Shades of Poe,” a “Living Books” performance of Edgar Allan Poe’s chilling works. The master of terror, Edgar Allan Poe, will guide listeners through tales of woe, beginning with “The Raven” and five more spirits. Stories include “The Raven,” “Shadow: A Parable,” “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Imp of the Perverse,” “Berenice,” and “The Cask of Amontillado,” as well as several lines of Poe’s poetry.

Installation Sites

Nov. 7 to Dec. 9 in the Fine Arts Building and Paul Robeson Library. Sculptures will be created from repurposed books. Participants of all ages will have the opportunity to contribute to the growing installations in the Fine Arts Building lobby and the Paul Robeson Library.

For additional information about The Big Read at Rutgers–Camden, contact Noreen Scott Garrity at (856) 225-6306.

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