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Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Listen to the Echoes: The Ray Bradbury Interviews
Stop Smiling Books, Chicago
Melville House Publishing, Brooklyn
320 pages + 16-page art insert
Listen to the Echoes is a definitive collection of interviews with one of America's most famous writers, covering Ray Bradbury’s life, faith, friends, politics, and visions of the future.
Acclaimed biographer and Bradbury scholar Sam Weller has spent more than a decade interviewing the author; the fascinating conversations that emerge cast a high-definition portrait of a creative genius and futurist who longs for yesterday.
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“Bradbury's ferocious love of life comes roaring out of Listen to the Echoes, compiled by Chicago author Sam Weller, who follows up on his superb 2005 biography of Bradbury with this surprising, inspiring book. Did I call it a book? Listen to the Echoes is not a book. It's a shout of joy. It's a crack of thunder. It's a talisman. A magic key. A moon rock. A road map. A compass. A ladder to the stars.”
— Julia Keller, Chicago Tribune
“As important a book in its own way as François Truffaut’s Hitchcock.”
— Austin Chronicle
“Weller…organized the interviews into sections such as ‘Childhood,’ ‘Hollywood,’ ‘Faith,’ ‘Politics,’ and ‘Sexuality.’ He offers an insightful introduction to each. (Another diehard fan, Black Francis of the Pixies, penned the forward). Overall, this is a book that brims over with inspiration and imagination found in the words of a 90-year-old man who's never lost his passion.”
— Chicago Sun-Times
“The book is impressively packed with illuminating details about the rise of such an iconic writer’s career. Casual admirer or super-fan, in Listen to the Echoes, Ray Bradbury’s remarkable spirit will break your heart at least once.”
“Weller is the quintessential interviewer who asks probing questions, then gets out of the way so that readers will have the feeling that Bradbury is talking to them. Bradbury comes across as honest, opinionated, passionate, and childlike. This book will please ardent Bradbury fans and those just looking into his work. Recommended.”
— Library Journal
PRAISE FOR SAM WELLER'S THE BRADBURY CHRONICLES
“For Bradbury fans, The Bradbury Chronicles is essential... [A]n engaging, often fascinating tale.”
—New York Times Book Review
“[I]f The Bradbury Chronicles is exhaustive, it is never exhausting, and each anecdote adds light and color to the portrait [Weller] has painted of a writer of real accomplishment.”
—Los Angeles Times