Ray Bradbury's classic Dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451 is pick for this year's city wide book club
TORONTO, Feb. 27, 2013 /CNW/ - Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury, has been chosen as Toronto Public Library's One Book
community read for 2013. The title was announced this morning at
Yorkville Fire Station 312 with City Librarian Jane Pyper and Fire
Chief Jim Sales.
The dystopian novel depicts life in a futuristic city where books are
banned and burned. "We decided to go with a classic this year -- a book
you maybe haven't read in a long time, or one you'd always been meaning
to read. Fahrenheit 451 fit that bill perfectly, "said City Librarian Jane Pyper. "It was
published in 1953, but is remarkably relevant today. Its depiction of a
media-saturated world will resonate with anyone who reads or rereads
this small but powerful book."
The One Book community read is part of the library's Keep Toronto
Reading Festival, an annual city-wide celebration of reading held in
April. The library encourages everyone to read the same book and to
come out to readings, discussions and other events and activities that
bring the book's themes to life. The full event line up will be
announced March 14 and posted on keeptorontoreading.ca
The partnership between the library and Toronto Fire Services is a
natural fit given the book's theme - in an ironic twist, the firemen in
Bradbury's imagined future burn books. During Keep Toronto Reading,
Fire Service outreach officers will visit several library branches to
share their favourite books and stories. They will also guest blog on
the festival website at KeepTorontoReading.ca.
Toronto Public Library is the world's busiest urban public library
system. Every year, more than 19 million people visit our branches in
neighbourhoods across the city and borrow over 33 million items. To
learn more about Toronto Public Library, visit our website at torontopubliclibrary.ca or call Answerline at 416-393-7131. To get the most current updates on
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Image with caption: "Toronto Fire Chief Jim Sales and City Librarian Jane Pyper announce the title of the Library's 2013 One Book Community Read, in front of an antique fire engine at Yorkville Fire Station. One Book is part of the Library's annual Keep Toronto Reading Festival. (CNW Group/Toronto Public Library)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130227_C8874_PHOTO_EN_24096.jpg
SOURCE: Toronto Public Library
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Tina Srebotnjak, 416-393-7098