Ray Bradbury-biographer and Columbia College Chicago Faculty Member to Present More Bradbury Interviews
CHICAGO (April 6, 2018)—Sam Weller, authorized biographer of iconic American author Ray Bradbury and Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing at Columbia College Chicago, will present a new edition of Listen to the Echoes: The Ray Bradbury Interviews (Hat and Beard Press, 2017), that includes previously unpublished images and ephemeral material from Weller’s own private archives. Weller will discuss and sign copies of the new book at an event coordinated by the college’s library, as part of The Friends of The Library Signature Showcase series.
The new edition is Weller’s definitive collection of interviews with Bradbury, with photographs of Bradbury's home and decades of his accumulated possessions by photographer Zen Sekizawa. Weller wrote a new final chapter about Bradbury’s legacy since the author’s death in 2012, and the book includes essays by Margaret Atwood and Frank Darabont.
“I want to share trade secrets to Bradbury's incredible and prolific creative process, which I hope will inspire all artists and creatives,” said Weller. “Because of the dynamic energy and boundless creativity of Columbia College Chicago, this is a perfect opportunity to discuss craft, process, and to help people jump-start their artistic aspirations.”
Weller is a two-time Bram Stoker Award winner and author of The Bradbury Chronicles: The Life of Ray Bradbury (William Morrow, 2005), and of the first edition of Listen to the Echoes: The Ray Bradbury Interviews (Melville House Publishers/Stop Smiling Books, 2010). He has spoken at libraries across the country and advocates the importance of libraries to communities, defining them as an “intrinsic connection to education.” According to Weller, Columbia’s library boasts an arts and media collection that is “unequalled in the state,” with a “staggering collection of graphic novels.”