One Book One Siouxland 2012
Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury, is the 2012 selection for One Book One Siouxland, the community-wide reading initiative in the tri-state area. Now in its 7th season, One Book One Siouxland continues to share ideas and build community through the experience of reading and discussing the same book, and viewing a film adaptation of the story. Click the "Events" tab at http://www.onebookonesiouxland.org for more information.
Written in the early years of the Cold War, this 1953 classic is described as a dystopian novel. Unlike a utopian, or “perfect world” vision, Bradbury presents a worst-case scenario, exaggerating a current trend to make a point. Concerned with the growing disregard for reading and the allure of television, his novel presents a future American society where reading is outlawed and firemen start fires to burn books. Bradbury wrote the entire novel in the basement of a Library, later calling it his “dime novel” since the Library charged 10¢ per half-hour to use the typewriter.
Fahrenheit 451 is a short and entertaining read, not to mention a science fiction classic. Check it out and join the conversation! One Book One Siouxland is sponsored by the Sioux City Public Library, the South Sioux City Public Library and the North Sioux City Community Library, in partnership with The Institute for Lifelong Learning, Western Iowa Tech Community College, and Morningside College. Financial support is provided in part by the Friends of the Sioux City Public Library.